MARQUETTE TOPS MELHS IN THIRD-PLACE GAME — The Marquette Explorers locked down a third-place finish in the Metro East Lutheran Turkey Tip-Off Classic on Saturday.
After suffering a 59-53 loss to Gibault on Friday in the semifinals of the gold bracket, the Explorers responded with a 52-30 victory over the host Knights on Saturday in the third-place game.
Marquette improved to 4-1 with the victory, while MELHS dropped to 3-2. The win was No. 100 for head coach Steve Medford in his fifth season at the helm of the Explorers.
Marquette junior Shandon Boone poured in 13 points to lead the way in the win. Jacob Fischer, 12, and Max Goepel, 10, joined him in double-digit scoring. Metro was paced by Jason Johnson with 12 points in the loss.
Boone's performance helped land him a spot on the all-tournament team. Southwestern's Tyler Rose earned MVP honors for the tournament. The rest of the all-tournament team included: Blake Lawson (Southwestern), Trevor Davis (Gibault), Jacob Rueter (Gibault), Brian Deterding (Gibault), Kobe Krone (MELHS), Johnson (MELHS), Jacob Mueller (Freeburg), Cooper Scharf (Litchfield) and Trace Gentry (Roxana).
Southwestern bested Gibault 56-52 in the championship game.
The Explorers are now back in action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Civic Memorial.
ROXANA SECURES SILVER BRACKET TITLE — The Roxana Shells finished up the MELSH Turkey Tip-Off in style on Saturday.
After suffering their lone loss in pool play, the Shells rebounded with three straight silver-bracket wins, capped with a 56-41 triumph over Morrisonville for the bracket title and fifth place overall.
Trace Gentry, on his way to a berth on the all-tournament team, posted 16 points to lead Roxana past Morrisonville. Zach Golenor chipped in 12 points and Jordan Hawkins added nine to compliment Gentry.
The Shells (4-1) are now idle until 6:15 p.m. Friday at Carrollton.
EA-WR GETS A WIN OVER BUNKER HILL — It took the East Alton-Wood River Oilers until their final game of the MELHS Turkey Tip-Off, but they picked up a tight 57-56 win over Bunker Hill on Saturday.
The victory raised the Oilers' record to 1-3 on the season. Blake Marks erupted for 28 points — including four 3-pointers — to direct EA-WR in the win. Dillon Buck joined Marks in double figures with 14 points.
Next up for EA-WR is a home contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday vs. Carlinville.
CM SPLITS TWO GAMES IN SALEM — The Civic Memorial Eagles split a pair of games on Saturday to close out the Salem Thanksgiving Tournament.
CM lost 48-37 to Highland, but rebounded to salvage a 48-44 win against Teutopolis. The Eagles are now 3-2 on the season.
Allie Troeckler netted 14 points and seven rebounds to lead in the loss to Highland and 16 points and nine rebounds to pace the Eagles in the win over Teutopolis. Katelyn Turbyfill added eight points vs. Highland and 12 against the Wooden Shoes.
CM is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday playing host to Waterloo.
ALTON STARTS SEASON WITH TWO WINS — The Alton Redbirds traveled to the Moline Duals on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins over Moline and Rock Island to kick start the season.
The Redbirds edged past talented Moline 32-30 and then blasted the Rocks 42-19.
Alton opens Southwestern Conference play at 6 p.m. Thursday at East St. Louis and then head to the Morton Quad at 10 a.m. Saturday.