Appleknockers defeat Tigers in opening round of the SVHT

By Steve Dunford 

SESSER – In a game in which there were several lead changes, the Cobden Appleknockers defeated the Thompsonville Tigers last night 67-58, in the first round of the Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.

The Tigers went with a change in the starting lineup last night, inserting 5′ 10″ junior guard Peyton Roberts, who transferred from Benton.  Coach Pete Gordon had his team come out with a new look as well, as they played man-to-man all 32 minutes last night.  In the last several games, Thompsonville either played mainly a 2-3 zone and on occasion a 3-2 zone.

Tiger PG Tyson Kessler getting ready to drive on Appleknocker Dylan Lewey for two of his ten points on the night.

T’ville came out of the gate early as Cobden did not have an answer for Tyson Kessler or Corbin Fitch as they raced out to a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

There were five lead changes and one tie in the second quarter but a three by Joe Brumleve and two points of a steal by Appleknocker PG John Russell for two, had Cobden up 28-23 at the half.

There were three more lead changes in the third quarter as Freshman Grady Furlow gives the Tigers a 33-32 lead midway through the third quarter.  Russell again in the closing seconds of the quarter comes up with a big three to give Cobden a 42-38 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Around the five minute mark of the fourth quarter Clayton Eck hits a three and Brumleve posts up  put Cobden up 55-43.  They came up with a steal, and they looked like they were on their way to a 20 point win.

The Tigers then go on a tear from behind the arc bombing five consecutive threes.  Two were by Furlow, and Reed Raubach had three.  His last cut the Tiger deficit to 61-58.

Cobden executes and hits their free throws down the stretch for a 67-58 final.

Clayton Eck led the Appleknockers with 18 on the night, John Russell 14, Joe Brumleve 13, and Noah Franklin 12.  Brumleve, a 6′ 5″ sophomore, and Franklin, a 6′ 4″ freshman did an excellent job on Tiger center Anthony Darge,  who has several double doubles already on the season.   They limited him to four points and kept him off the glass most of the night.  Cobden coach Rhrett Barke had both of them defensively sagging on Darge.

Reed Raubach had a game high 19 for the Tigers, Tyson Kessler added 10, and Grady Furlow and Corbin Fitch had nine points on the night.

The Appleknockers improve to (9-6) on the season and will play the host, Sesser-Valier Red Devils in a quarterfinal match-up at 8 p.m. this evening.

The Tigers fall to (4-6) on the season and will face the Waltonville Spartans in a consolation round game at 6:30 p.m.

Box Score


COBDEN (67)  Eck 8 0 2-4 18, Russell 2 3 1-2 14, Brumleve 4 1 2-4 13, Franklin 3 0 6-8 12, Lewey 1 0 3-4 5, Allen 1 1 0-0 5, West 0 0 0-0 0,

THOMPSONVILLE (58)  Raubach 3 4 1-2 19,  Kessler 4 0 2-2 10, Furlow 0 3 0-0 9, Fitch 4 0 1-2 9, Roberts 2 1 0-0 7, Darge 2 0 0-0 4, Dixon 0 0 0-0 0, Kirkman 0 0 0-0 0

Score By Quarters


COBDEN (9-6)    10 – 18 – 14 – 25  –  67

THOMPSONVILLE (4-6)    13 – 10 – 15 – 20  –  58





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