GCMS boys basketball defeats Tri-Valley 56-47

GIBSON CITY -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School boys basketball team won 56-47 Tuesday, Dec. 5, over Tri-Valley.
 
The Falcons (5-1, 2-0 Heart of Illinois Conference) started the game with a 14-6 advantage through the first quarter. Ryland Holt scored seven points -- including a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line -- while Ben Freehill made a 3-pointer and a two-point field goal and Mitch McNutt added a basket.
 
After the second quarter, GCMS went into the halftime break leading 27-26. McNutt made 4-of-4 shots from the foul line while Freehill made a 3-pointer and Caleb Bleich, Holt and Bryce Barnes each added a basket. 
 
In the third quarter, Birky made three 3-point shots while Lane Short added two baskets and Holt made a bucket as GCMS extended its lead to 42-36.
 
Birky drained another trey and made two free throws while McNutt and Freehill went a combined 3-for-4 from the charity stripe, Holt made two field goals and Barnes added a basket as the Falcons outscored Tri-Valley 14-11. 
 
Holt finished the game as the leading scorer with 15 points while Birky also reached double digits with 14 points. Freehill and McNutt added nine and eight points, respectively, while Short and Barnes each had four points and Bleich added two points.
 
For Tri-Valley, Mason Cagley led in scoring with 13 points while Clayton Leipold also scored in double figures with 12 points, Kolton Weichman and Braden Zenor each had nine points and Brock Ward and Nolan Anderson each added two points.
 
After playing against Paxton-Buckley-Loda Tuesday in Paxton, GCMS will host Blue Ridge on Friday and heading to Heyworth for another game the following Monday.
 
GCMS 56, Tri-Valley 47
TV 6     20    10    11    -- 47
GCMS 14    13    15    14    -- 56
Tri-Valley
Cagley 5-2-13, Ward 1-0-2, Weichman 3-0-9, Williams 0-0-0, Zenor 4-0-9, Leipold 4-2-12, Symanski 1-0-2, Anderson 0-0-0. Totals 18-4-47.
GCMS (5-1, 2-0)
Lane Short 2-0-4, Nathan Garard 0-0-0, Ben Freehill 3-1-9, Mitch McNutt 1-6-8, Connor Birky 4-2-14, Caleb Bleich 1-0-2, Josh Bleich 0-0-0, Ryland Holt 6-3-15, Bryce Barnes 2-0-4. Totals 19-12-56.
3-pointers -- Tri-Valley 7 (Weichman 3, Leipold 2, Zenor, Cagley). GCMS 6 (Birky 4, Freehill 2).

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