Zeigler-Royalton falls to Webber Township Friday night

By Steve Dunford 

ZEIGLER – The Zeigler Royalton Tornadoes fell to the Webber Township Trojans 70-39  Friday night at Art Brandon gym.

Senior Cole Sanders led the way with 11 points for the Tornadoes; Trevor Mills nine, six for David Eldridge, four for Cole Gelso; three for Andrew Basillion and Gannon Dollins; two for Frankie Reboletto; and one point for Noah Leeper.

Dalton Humphrey, Landon Bate, and Xander Schablowsky did not score.

For Webber, Brody Mount had a game high 19 points, Dylan Stratton and Charles Neal added 16 on the night.

Z-R Coach Matt Morgan has this to say about Friday night’s game.  “Webber is a very talented and hard working team. I was pleased with our effort. We did a much better job on the offensive and defensive glass than in our first matchup which was an emphasis that we talked about.”

“We finished 7-21 in the paint and many of those misses were buckets that we should have put in the hole and just rushed or missed point blank. It was another step forward for us. We were also better defensively, especially in transition compared to the first game. Getting our kids to understand bad shots and turnovers transition to easy buckets for our opponents is something we will continue to hit on.”

The Tornadoes fall to (0-4)  and open BDC play this week.  Here is what Coach Morgan had to say about the days leading up to the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.  “We come back with two tough games next week against Goreville and Vienna and then an extended break, which we will use to clean up some of the early season bad habits that we have.”

Last year Z-R had to pull out of the Wayne City Holiday Tournament to add the home and home with Vienna when the crossed over to the BDC west.

This is my opinion, if the Tornadoes would like to add a third tournament again, this young ball club would make an ideal fit at the new midwinter at Egyptian.

Webber improves to 3-1 on the season.  They open Midland Trail conference play on Tuesday,  traveling to face former Z-R standout Tyler Mitchell’s Odin Eagles. On Friday the Trojans make a return trip to Franklin County to face their former Mid South Conference foes, the Thompsonville Tigers.

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