The Sesser-Valier Red Devils – 2018 Black Diamond West Champs

By Steve Dunford 

GOREVILLE –  First of all, there were two teams on the floor that could very easily meet in a couple weeks in the Hardin County Sectional.

Goreville defends their home court well.  Not very many teams leave there with a win, especially in Black Diamond conference play.  Sesser-Valier came out with a 73-52 win over the Blackcats tonight.

A couple of things that does not show up in the box score that I am going to highlight.

  • Joshua Gunter took at least three Goreville charges at key times in the game.
  • Preston Launius held Braden Webb to nine points, three in the first half.  The all time leading scorer in Goreville history, has several 30 point plus games over his four year career.

The game got off to a slow sloppy start at first, both teams were stuck on five points forever, until about the three minute mark.  Tanner Dunn scores on a run-out to give Goreville a 7-5 lead.  That was the last of the night.

Action was fast and  furious the rest of the first quarter to give the Devils a 19-14 lead after one.

The Devils go up 23-16 early in the second quarter.  Peyton Massey hits a 23 foot fade-away jumper on the wing and was fouled.  He completes the four point play and Goreville cuts it to 23-20.

There are little notes that I always make whether they would be momentum changers, and I thought the Blackcats might be in business.  What happened thought S-V goes on a 11-4 run, highlighted by a couple Tyler Winchester threes, and back to back buckets from Peyton Rock on a stick-back and slashing through the lane, took the Devils up 34-23.  Goreville closes the half on a 4-0 run to send everyone to the locker rooms with the Devils up 34-27.

The Blackcats come out in a 1-3-1 zone and it was effective.  Threes by Johsua Gunter and another one from Winchester brought them out of it.  Sesser-Valier went up 13 twice in the third quarter.  Webb drove in the closing seconds of the third quarter to cut the S-V lead to 50-39 at the end of the third.  

The fourth quarter started out with some “official initiated dramatics” and Tyler Winchester spent a lot of time at the free throw line. Goreville had one last gasp around the four minute mark, when Peyton Geyman had back to back steals off of a Blackcat press to cut it to 12.

They JV teams finished it out in the last couple of minutes, to give the Devils a 73 to 52 victory.

Tyler Winchester lead the Sesser-Valier with 20 points, Lukas Gunter, and Peyton Rock came off the bench with 13 each, Preston Launius was the fourth Devil in double figures with ten.

The Devils improve to 17-10 on the season and wrapped up the BDC West with a 10-0 crown.  They host their arch rivals. the Christopher Bearcats on Tuesday.  The Bearcats had a big win at Vienna last night.

Goreville fell to 15-10 and 4-5 in the diamond.  They make the short trip to face Vienna tonight at the Eagles Nest to settle the battle of Johnson County.

Peyton Massey was the only Blackcat in double figures with 21 points, 14 in the first half.

Box Score

SESSER-VALIER (73)  Winchester 4 3 3-4 20, L. Gunter 6 0 1-4 13, Rock 6 0 1-2 13. Launius 4 0 2-4 10, J. Gunter 1 1 2-2 7, Page 1 0 3-4 5, Boles 1 0 0-0 2, Basso 0 0 2-2 2, Bates 0 0 1-2 1, E. Gunter 0 0 0-0 0, Kislewski 0 0 0-0 0

GOREVILLE (52)  Massey 3 3 6-7 21. Webb 3 0 3-7 9, Geyman 3 0 0-0 6, Dunn 3 0 0-1 6, Tosh 2 0 0-3 4, Albright 2 0 0-0 4, Frassatto 0 0 2-2 2, Brown 0 0 0-0 0, Hankins 0 0 0-0 0, Glidewell 0 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0 0-0 0

Score by Quarters

SESSER-VALIER (17-10)    19 – 15- 16- 23 –  73 

GOREVILLE (15-10)    14 – 13 – 12 – 13  –  52

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