Boys hoops teams in area tourneys

Pictured, Columbia’s Jordan Holmes shoots against Waterloo last Tuesday night. For more photos from the game, visit (Alan Dooley photo)

Local boys basketball teams are playing in area tournaments this week.

The Columbia Eagles (10-8) opened the Chick-fil-A Classic at Belleville East with a game against Chaminade on Tuesday, falling 78-37. The Eagles lost a tough 69-62 game against St.Mary’s on Thursday despite leading scorer Jordan Holmes pouring in 30 points.

To view a printable version of the Chick-fil-A Classic bracket, click here.

Waterloo (6-12) opened play in the 53rd annual Sparta Winter Classic on Tuesday against Steeleville, falling 63-60. Ross Schrader led the Bulldogs with 19 points. The team continued tourney play on Wednesday, winning 60-30 over Trico. Waterloo dropped a 62-54 decision to Murphysboro on Thursday. The tourney continues on Saturday.

To view a printable version of the Sparta Classic bracket, click here.

Another local team in tourney play was Valmeyer, who won two of three games at Chester to take third place on Monday night.

Following a win over Perryville last Monday, the Pirates lost to Saxony Lutheran last Wednesday, 70-43. Michael Chism led the way with 23 points.

Valmeyer topped Marissa for third place on Monday night, 51-40.

Gibault opened play in the Okawville Invitational Tournament on Monday night with a 71-46 win over Madison.

Trevor Davis scored 23 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out six assists in the win. Ryan Gool added 15 points, including 3-for-3 shooting from three-point range. The Hawks led 35-15 at halftime and shot 56 percent from the floor for the game.

The Hawks edged DuQuoin on Thursday night, 51-48, to improve to 12-6 on the season. Gibault trailed 29-27 at halftime. Davis led the way with 22 points. Gool added 13 points in the win. The Hawks play Wesclin on Friday night before concluding tourney play against Okawville on Saturday.

To view a printable version of the Okawville Invitational Tournament bracket, click here.

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