GCMS boys basketball wins 58-42 over Tri-Valley

By Ross Brown 
DOWNS -- A 21-8 advantage after the end of the first quarter and steady scoring afterward led Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley to a 58-42 win Tuesday, Dec. 4, over Tri-Valley at Downs.
Connor Birky led the way for the Falcons, scoring 19 points including four three-point shots as GCMS improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Heart of Illinois Conference play.
Senior Braden Zenor was the only Viking in double figures in the scoring column, finishing with 15 points.
The Falcons led the way throughout the night in convincing fashion, as Tri-Valley was unable to stop GCMS’s huge size advantage of Ryland Holt and Bryce Barnes among others. Both players finished with 10 points. 
Four other Falcons scored in the winning effort. Ben Freehill had eight points, Caleb Bleich and Jordan Blake each added four points and Cade Elliott added a three-pointer in the second quarter as GCMS pulled away from the get-go.
For Tri-Valley, John Symanski had eight points followed by bench player Sam Zenor, who chipped in a pair of threes to finish with six points on the night. Jack Moore has five points and Jimmy Butler and Cooper Goble each put in a bucket as the Vikings fell to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
GCMS outscored Tri-Valley in all but the fourth quarter, scoring 21 in the first, 11 in the second, 17 in the third and 8 points in the fourth to cap off an impressive effort. The Falcons electrified the visiting crowd with at least three dunks.
Tri-Valley scored eight points in the first quarter, 10 in the second and 12 each in the third and fourth quarters.
GCMS will be back at home next Tuesday night to take on rival Paxton-Buckley-Loda in the Battle for Ford County. The Panthers come into the game at 4-1 overall after defeating Unity 72-59 on Saturday. PBL lost top Tri-Valley in the season opener but has since rattled off four straight wins. 

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley 58, Tri-Valley 42
Bleich 4, Holt 10, Freehill 8, Birky 19, Barnes 10, Elliott 3, Blake 4. Total 58.
Anderson 6, Williams 4, Butler 2, Zenor 15, Moore 5, Symanski 8, Goble 2. Total 42
GCMS 21 11 19 8 —58
Tri-Valley 8 10 12 12 —42
Three-pointers: GCMS 7 (Birky 4, Freehill 2, Elliott); Tri-Valley 2 (Anderson 2).


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