Falcons drop tight games at Cobden, Thompsonville heading into break

Elverado's Aquntez Penn scored 29 points against Cobden on December 15. (Doug Daniels file photo)

By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com

December 27, 2017

  (Cobden & Thompsonville, Ill.) - Elverado won't be heading into the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic the way they would have liked, dropping tightly contested road games on back-to-back nights December 15 and 16 to Cobden  (48-43) and Thompsonville (52-51).
  The Appleknockers were beating up on the Falcons in the early-going, leading 14-5 through one quarter and 26-12 at the half, but Aquntez Penn caught fire after the break, scoring 27 of his game-high 29 points in the third and fourth quarters. The deficit was too big, however, as even a 22-point fourth quarter left EHS behind on the scoreboard.
  Dawson White (6 points), Sam Alstat (5) and Isaac Floyd (4) also scored for the Falcons at Cobden.
  In similar fashion, the Falcons fell behind early at Thompsonville the following night, trailing 22-16 at the break and 34-28 heading to the fourth quarter.
  This time it was White who got hot, leading Elverado with 24 points and helping them claw all the way back for a tie game before a whistle for a foul near mid-court at the final buzzer awarded Thompsonville the game-winning free throw.
  Penn (16 points), Alstat (5), Trey Bernardini (4) and Floyd (2) completed the scoring for EHS.
  “We got off to slow starts against both Cobden and Thompsonville in the first half," said Elverado head coach Jacob Emling. "We have to figure out a way to be more aggressive in the first half, we have been tweaking our offenses and the way we run them over Christmas break to try and become a better first half team. Defensively we had good effort both games, and that kept us in both ball games down to the end. We have a tough tournament up ahead, but that is the type of competition we are looking to play, competition that will make us better come post season.”
  The Falcons make their first appearance at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville later this week, beginning with a 10:30 a.m. matchup with Class 3A Jerseyville, then an 8:30 p.m. contest with nearby Class 2A Du Quoin.

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