Gillespie senior Nick Price reached a career scoring milestone Friday in the Edwardsville’s Metro East Lutheran’s Turkey Tip-Off Tournament scoring his 1,000th varsity point in the Miners’ (3-3) third game of the season.
The Miners took 6th place in the tournament with opening pool play wins over Dupo (72-57) and Roxana (61-52) before being matched up with Metro East Lutheran in the first Gold Bracket game where Gillespie suffered their first loss of the season, 39-75. The Miners followed Friday’s performance with another loss Saturday in the fifth place game against Freeburg (55-60).
Since the tournament, Gillespie beat down on South Central Conference rival Carlinville as the guests on the scoreboard in the Cavalier’s first game of the season with a 68-41 victory. Price carried the team with 20 total points – 12 points beyond the 3-point arc – while Tate Wargo posted 17 points and freshman Anthony Kravanya posted 10.
The Miners took their third loss (53-82) of the season Friday in their first home game of the season hosting a tough Breese Mater Dei team. The Knights led 16-5 after the first quarter and continued to lay it on Gillespie through the remaining three quarters of play.
Gillespie got more than half of their points from Price who had a season high 28 points with 18 points as three-pointers. Wargo scored 16 points.
DUPO (72-57): The Miners got off to a slow start leading at halftime 35-31, but came out of the locker room at halftime shooting very well outscoring Dupo 25-11 in the third quarter. Price led the team with 20 points and Wargo followed with 10.
ROXANA (61-52): Price got the Miners off to an early lead scoring 10 of Gillespie’s 18 points in the first quarter as the Miners led 18-11 after the first and 30-20 by halftime. Gillespie had a strong third quarter scoring 19 to Roxana’s 9 paving the way for their second victory in pool play.
METRO EAST LUTHERAN HIGH (39-75): The Knights gave Gillespie their first loss of the season in the team’s first bracket game in the tournament. The Miners trailed 28-39 at halftime, but fell apart in the second half scoring only 11 total points in the third and fourth quarters while the Knights scored 36 points.
FREEBURG (55-60): Gillespie dropped their final game of the tournament to Freeburg in the fifth place game despite leading 40-24 at halftime and 45-39 after the third quarter. The Knights outscored the Miners 21-11 in the fourth quarter squelching Gillespie’s six-point fourth quarter lead despite shooting only 47% from the free throw line.