COBDEN — Cobden led by 10 at the end of the first quarter and held off a furious second quarter rush by Goreville to beat the Blackcats, 70-57, in a non-conference boys basketball game on Friday.
“It was a great game and a big win for us and a good quality win for our program,” said Cobden coach Wendell Wheeler. “Our guards did a good job against great pressure against a really good-coached team. I was really proud of our guys coming off the bench when Joe Brumleve and Landon Britt fouled out. Chandler West and Jose Lopez did a nice job for us in the fourth quarter.”
Cobden won its ninth game in its last 11 to improve to 15-8 on the season, while Goreville dropped to 12-10.
Noah Franklin had a career game, scoring 38 points, including 15-of-21 from the line and five 3-pointers, besting his previous career high by eight points. Franklin also finished with 15 rebounds, with 11 coming in the fourth quarter. Joe Brumleve finished with 13 points and Dylan Lewey had 11 points on an 11-for-12 night at the line.
“My teammates did a great job of handling the pressure and giving me the ball, keeping them off the boards by sealing off their big guys, and leaving me an opening,” Franklin said. “I knew it was going to be a tough matchup because it’s a rivalry game and it’s a lot of fun to play these guys. I really look forward to playing them the next time.”
The Appleknockers attempted 50 free throws and made 34. The game saw six Blackcats and two Appleknockers foul out as a combined 57 personal fouls were called with a total of 74 foul shots attempted and 47 hitting their mark.
“It’s hard to get a flow when the whistles are blowing every time down the floor, but what it came down to was, we didn’t come out with intensity when we let them build that lead in the first quarter,” said Goreville coach Todd Tripp. “Second quarter we did a much better job, but overall though, it didn’t seem we’d ever catch a break when we needed it.”
Goreville trailed by 11 early in the third quarter and had cut the lead to four with a basket by Chase Quigley to open the fourth quarter. Franklin, Lewey and Zane Nance were then sent to the line 11 times to attempt 22 foul shots and make 20, with Lewey going 8-for-8, Nance 4-for-4 and Franklin making 8-of-10 to hold off the Blackcats.
“We struggled from the line in the middle of the game, but in the fourth quarter we did a great job, never going empty on any of our trips to the line and that was big,” Wheeler said.
Cobden scored the first seven points of the game on a 3-pointer and layup by Franklin, followed by a layup by Brumleve. Landon Albright stopped the run with a basket, but Franklin got the momentum back with another 3-pointer, followed by three foul shots when he was fouled a minute later.
Two more free throws by Brumleve extended the lead to 11 points with 1:49 left in the quarter. After Briley Dunn canned a 3-pointer for Goreville, Brumleve scored on a stickback to give Cobden a 16-6 lead heading into the second quarter.
Goreville made its run in the second quarter cutting the lead to two with 1:22 remaining in the half, but Brumleve scored with 46 seconds left to give the Appleknockers a 29-25 lead at the intermission.
Brumleve opened the third quarter by grabbing the rebound of his own missed shot and scoring. A stickback by Quigley cut the lead to four 2:45 later, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Franklin followed by a 3-pointer by Nance over a 1:17 span increased the lead to 11 points with 2:45 remaining in the third.