The Gillespie High School boys’ basketball team (1-3) picked up their first win of the 2017-2018 season at the Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday with a 56-39 win over Dupo.
After dropping the first three games of the tournament to Marissa, Lebanon and Litchfield, the Miners ended the tournament with a victory before opening their regular season this week by hosting Carlinville on Tuesday. After Tuesday’s game, Gillespie has a one week break before hosting Nokomis on Dec. 5.
Through four games of play, senior Michael Robbins and sophomore Anthony Kravanya are leading the young Gillespie squad. Sophomores Devin Stroh and Frankie Barrett provide height for the team and pitch in underneath the hoop.
MEL Tourney Results:
Gillespie (43) – Marissa (51): Gillespie started their season with a loss to the Marissa Meteors in the Turkey Tip-Off tournament on Monday evening. The Miners led 12-9 after the first quarter but were outscored 30-20 in the second and third quarters to trail 30-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
Despite outscoring Marissa 13-12 in the fourth quarter, the effort wasn’t enough for a win. Kravanya led Gillespie with 16 points, Stroh pitched in 12, Frankie Barrett finished with 12 points and Dominik Taylor scored nine.
Gillespie (29) – Lebanon (52): The Miners dropped to 0-2 with a consolation quarterfinal loss to Lebanon ahead of Thanksgiving. Gillespie couldn’t get much going offensively against the Greyhounds and were unable to reach double-digits in any of the four quarters.
The Miners trailed 16-27 at half and 24-37 after the third quarter before Lebanon outscored Gillespie 15-5 in the fourth quarter. Robbins and Kravanya each led the team with nine points.
Gillespie (43) – Litchfield (48): A rough 4-point second quarter by Gillespie set the team up with a lot of ground to cover in the second half. After trailing 13-15 in the first quarter, the Miners added just four points in the second quarter to trail 17-26 at halftime.
The Miners outscored Litchfield 12-11 in the third quarter and 14-11 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t slow down Dre Holloway defensively as Holloway led all scorers with 22 points and 15 points from 3-point land. Kravanya and Robbins each scored 15 for Gillespie, Stroh posted seven points and Barrett followed with four.
Gillespie (56) – Dupo (39): The Miners brought home their first win of the season on Saturday in the 15th-place game in the MEL Tourney with a victory over Dupo. After building an 18-10 lead after the first quarter, Gillespie held onto the lead the entire game.
Robbins led the team with 16 points including nine from 3-pointers and five from the free-throw line while Kravanya followed with 11 points. Barrett and Stroh each scored six for the team.