Altamont wins tournament title
Indians jump out early, hold on late, 45-37 over Cowden-Herrick
Okaw Valley finishes third, Mulberry Grove cops consy crown, South Central gets seventh

12-20-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO
Sometimes the on nights when the offense isn't there, the defense can come through in big games.

NCOE "drives" past Hardin County
Fighting Cardinals pull away in the second half, top Cougars, 58-37

12-19-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
NORRIS CITY
On Friday night in a home game against Hardin County, the Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Fighting Cardinals performance can best be described as a basketball version of a “Drive-By Shooting.”

Crab Orchard fends off Webber Township
Galloway nets 32-points, Crab wins Trojan battle;
Grayville edges Clay City, Patoka rolls past Z-R
Three players score over 30-points on Thursday night in three games

12-18-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– On a night where the six teams playing at the Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament combined to make 48 3-pointers, why wouldn't someone named “Gunnar” have a good night?

Altamont, Okaw Valley advance at SE
Indians pull away from Cougars, stay unbeaten; Timberwolves edge Aces

12-15-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
ST. ELMO
The Altamont Indians, the second seed at the 55th annual St. Elmo Holiday Tournament, got off to a good start and closed with a “bang” to advance to the championship round of the event on Wednesday night with a 66-48 win over .....

Massac mows down Blackcats
Marlatt, Roundtree, Farmer lead Pats to 81-43 romp; improve to 5-2

12-16-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
METROPOLIS
- Coming off of a lackluster performance on Friday night at home where they got drilled by conference rival Murphysboro (56-37) head coach Joe Hosman and his Massac County Patriots were looking for a better effort in their next battle.

Webber Township improves to 2-0
Trojans trounce Tigers; stand 6-3 on the season; Clay City, Wayne City also win
Indians win nightcap; Wolves hammer Tornadoes

12-15-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– Last Friday night the Webber Township Trojans struggled at home against Thompsonville, winning just 59-51 in a regular season contest.



Edwards County romps past Z-R
Lions shutout Tornadoes in first quarter; Crab Orchard, Grayville win
Patoka splits two games in five-game opening day; Webber edges host Indians

12-13-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
WAYNE CITY
– Heading into the 61st annual Conrad Allen Wayne City Holiday Tournament, the 7-1 Edwards County Lions were considered one of the favorites to take home the crown in Pool Play event.

Maroons survive upset bid
Dieterich holds off Beecher City, 54-41, stays undefeated after trying week

12-12-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
BEECHER CITY -
This was a difficult week for the students at Dieterich High School.One member of the student body, a student athlete, was killed in an automobile accident back on Monday.

Cisne wins homecoming game
Lions run past Clay City; Hatcher posts 18-points in win; Cisne is 2-0 in MTC

12-11-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CISNE - Cisne head coach Adam Ellis, during the first six games of the regular season, has tried to get his team to have more of a “killer instinct” when it comes to finishing off opponents.

Woodlawn blankets Webber
Cardinals take care of Trojans early; Owens nets 14-points in victory

12-10-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
WOODLAWN - Head coach Brad Beaty has a young, up-and-coming team at Webber Township.
This group is learning each time they step onto the floor.

Red Birds top Eldorado
Dunning, Johnson lead West Frankfort to victory, 54-41

12-09-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
ELDORADO
- In the history of ABV, now in its 18th season, there have been many games that have been difficult to describe.
Tuesday night's clash between West Frankfort and Eldorado falls into that category.

Warriors pick up key road win
Jered Cain nets 36-points, Patoka wins 63-48; Cougars cough up 24-turnovers

12-08-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
FARINA
- There were two very important numbers that came out of the Patoka Warriors dominant win Monday night over South Central.

Eagles upset Nashville
Columbia rallies to sting Hornets; win tournament title
Madison tops host Warriors for third

12-06-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
TRENTON
- In taking down the top-ranked team in the state in 2A, this young team of Columbia Eagles picked up a huge win.

Lions hold off C-W
Edwards County stays unbeaten, edges Warriors at home for 6-0 start

12-05-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
ALBION - The Edwards County Lions finished the 2013-14 season with just a 12-14 record and for the most part they were just an afterthought in southern Illinois hoops and in the Little Illini Conference.

Southwestern stays undefeated
Piasa Birds improve to 6-0; pull away from Bunker Hill late for non-conference win

12-04-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
PIASA
- A fan off the street, who had no prior knowledge of the two teams playing on Thursday night, could not have been able to tell that one of the combatants was 5-0 while the other one was 0-5.

Woodlawn, Okawville, Carlyle post wins
Cards top other Cards; Rockets burn Comets; Tribe trumps Flora

12-02-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL
- Shaking off the effects of a four-overtime game from the previous night, the Trico Pioneers held off a pesky Shawnee Redskins club to win the opener of the Tuesday night session of the 14th annual Pioneer Invitational Tournament.

Trico, Sparta, Chester win big
Pioneers take care of Shawnee; Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets roll

12-02-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CAMPBELL HILL
- Shaking off the effects of a four-overtime game from the previous night, the Trico Pioneers held off a pesky Shawnee Redskins club to win the opener of the Tuesday night session of the 14th annual Pioneer Invitational Tournament.

Foxes, Bulldogs grab opening round wins
Hamilton County holds off Cairo; CWC edges host Indians

12-01-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
DU QUOIN
- In the Hamilton County Foxes win on Monday night, although it wasn't a great offensive performance, the club managed to do just enough right.

Bearcats nab second-straight title
MVP Hunter Wheeler leads the way, 64-48 over Waltonville
Webber, Cobden, Z-R post final day wins

11-29-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER
- Behind tournament Most Valuable Player Hunter Wheeler's 21-points and Josh Calloni's eight points and 13-rebounds, the Christopher Bearcats turned Waltonville “inside-out” in a 64-48 triumph in the championship contest of the 40th annual ....

Mount Carmel goes 2-0 on L'Ville side
Aces top Marshall, Lawrenceville to begin title defense
Host Indians top Mules for 1-1 start.

11-28-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
LAWRENCEVILLE
- Head coach Tyler Buss didn't quite know what to expect when his Mount Carmel club started the 2014-15 season at the Lawrence County Capital Classic on Friday afternoon.

Christopher romps past Wayne City
Bearcats reach second straight title game; Egyptian tops Tigers in consy bracket

11-26-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER
- For the Christopher Bearcats, getting to the title game of their own Turkey Tournament is an important part of their season.

Webber Township snaps losing streak
Trojans hold off Cobden, 57-54, first win since 2012-13; Waltonville tops Z-R
11-25-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CHRISTOPHER
- Last February when the Webber Township Trojans ended their season with an opening round loss to the host Bearcats at the 1A Christopher Regional, Webber head coach Brad Beaty was optimistic that 2014-15 was going to be better....
Crab Orchard opens season with win
Trojans roll past Pope County; Hardin County, Dongola post victories
11-24-14
BY JACK BULLOCK
CRAB ORCHARD
– On opening night of the 16th annual Crab Orchard Turkey Tournament, Trojans' senior Gunnar Galloway began his final prep season with a “bang.”The 6-foot-2 senior forward completed a “double-double” with 20-points and 12-rebounds as head
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Hello Basketball fans!!!!!
The 2014-15 Preview is as done as it is going to be. As per usual there were a few of the same schools and coaches who refuse to see me anything. It used to bother me but it no longer does. There might be a few surprises in my rankings and my conference projections. But it is how ABV rolls. Also please excuse any and all typos. If you see one let me know.
I hope you enjoy it.
See you at the gym
Jack
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