IVC boys win three, lose one

Justin Miller
Nolan Seiler rises up against El Paso Gridley Saturday at home.

The Illinois Valley Central boys’ basketball team started the season on a high note by taking down last season’s second ranked team in Missouri’s 5A division, Troy Buchanan, 51-44, in the Tournament of Champions Nov. 23 in Washington.

“That game was close all the way and then we outscored them in the fourth quarter,” coach Jim Thornton said. “We did very well at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, so that was the key to that game.”

Bryce Jackson established his presence early by knocking down clutch perimeter shots.

Troy Buchanan, however, held a slim 19-18 lead at halftime.

IVC was not able to overcome the offensive onslaught of Troy Buchanan in the third quarter, but played well enough to stay within a basket after the quarter.

In the final quarter, the team’s defense created enough pressure to throw off the opposing offense and grab the win.

The team won the second game of the season by taking down El Paso Gridley in their opening game of the IVC Thanksgiving Tournament Friday.

The Ghosts quickly established their offensive strength in the first quarter by jumping out to a 15-6 lead.

In the second quarter, the team slowed offensively, and El Paso Gridley took advantage to pull within 25-22 at halftime.

“We had pretty balanced scoring in that game,” Thornton said. “We had some turnovers in that game to let them back in the game.”

IVC held on in the second half to win, 62-53.

The team next took on Eureka Saturday.

Jordan Seele sliced through Hornet defenders to put the Ghosts up 2-0.

“We got off to a good start but then their full court press hurt us,” Thornton said.” We had 18 turnovers and the majority of those turnovers they scored baskets on.”

The turnovers allowed Eureka to grab a 27-24 lead at halftime.

The team was unable to rebound in the second half and lost, 54-44.

In the final game of the tournament, IVC crushed Midwest Central, 69-26 to finish second overall.

“We just had a pretty good balanced attack in that game,” Thornton said.

In the second and third quarters, the Ghosts forced eight turnovers to hold Midwest Central to just six points in the 16 minutes.

Austin Johnson took advantage of the Midwest Central defense in the game to lead the team with 20 points.

The team next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against St. Bede.