Blackcats defeat Trico
Trico falls in come-from-behind Blackcat victory
The Goreville High School boys’ basketball team improved its season record to 9-3 with a 73-68 come from behind win over Trico last Friday (Jan. 4) at Goreville. The victory gives the Cats a 2-0 conference mark. Goreville travels to Christopher this Friday and then will be playing in the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic tournament, with their first game on Monday (Jan. 14) at 7:30 p.m. vs. Johnston City. They are set to play Herrin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, and Anna-Jonesboro at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The tourney championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Against Trico, the Cats had a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter on baskets by J.T. Russell, Alex Andros, and Kyefer Cavins. From there, Goreville endured a nearly five minute scoring drought, while the Pioneers reeled off 18 straight points to take a 20-6 lead with about two minutes left in the period. The Cats trailed 23-9 at the end of the quarter. Goreville opened the second period with a 7-2 run to get within 25-16. With 5:02 left, Trico had pushed its lead to 29-18 when Russell came up with a steal and two-handed slam dunk to cut the gap back to single digits. Cavins scored five of his 15 points in the final minute of the quarter to trim the Pioneers’ lead to 36-32 at the half.
Trico’s lead was 43-34 at the 5:32 mark of the third quarter when two free throws by Russell and a lay-up by Dayton Tripp, followed by a Tripp three pointer, closed the margin to 43-41. A drive by Tripp at the end of the period tied the score at 51-51 heading into the fourth quarter. Less than a minute into the final frame, Cavins scored inside to give Goreville a 53-51 lead. Blake Gray then completed a three point play to make it 56-51. With 4:04 remaining, a Trico three pointer gave them back the lead at 59-58. The Cats answered with a three by Tripp to give Goreville the lead for good, 61-59. The Pioneers got within 65-64 with a little over a minute to play, but the Blackcats were 8-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the win.
Dayton Tripp led Goreville with 21 points, while Trico’s Blaine LePere was the game’s high scorer with 23 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Tripp-21; Russell-18; Cavins-15; Gray-9; Snell-6; Andros-4.
Blackcats fall to Woodlawn, finish second at Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament
On Monday, Dec. 31, the Blackcats lost to Woodlawn 65-56 in the championship game at the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament. Goreville finished the tourney in second place with a 3-1 record. Goreville junior Zeke Snell and senior Dayton Tripp were named to the all-tournament team.
The Blackcats trailed 29-21 at the half, then came up with a strong third quarter to cut the deficit to 41-38 heading into the fourth period. However, the Cardinals outscored Goreville 24-18 in the final frame for the win. Dayton Tripp led the Blackcats with 16 points and Zeke Snell also hit double figures with 13 points. Woodlawn’s Jayson Hapeman topped all scorers with 20 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Tripp-16; Snell-13; Gray-7; Andros-5; Cavins-5; Russell-5; Dunn-3; Belcher-2.
After defeating Shawnee by forfeit in their first round tournament contest, the Blackcats beat Johnston City in their second round game on Friday, by the score of 47-45. Goreville led 27-15 at halftime, then withstood a second half comeback by the Indians. Johnston City outscored the Blackcats 15-7 in the third quarter to close the gap to 34-30 going into the final frame, but Goreville held on for the win. Dayton Tripp was the game’s top scorer with 13 points, while Davison paced the Indians with 12 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Tripp-13; Andros-12; Cavins-10; Russell-7; Gray-5.
In its semi-final match-up with Christopher on Saturday, Goreville defeated the Bearcats 50-36, to advance to the title contest against Woodlawn. The Blackcats held a 21-18 halftime lead, then took control in the third period, outscoring Christopher 20-5 to seal the win. Zeke Snell led all scorers with 14 points, while Eric Young paced Christopher with 10 points.
Scoring for Goreville: Snell-14; Cavins-10; Gray-9; Tripp-8; Andros-7; Russell-2.