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Wildcats Lose and Mt. Vernon Wins at Pyramid Plus Tournament 

The Salem Wildcats remain winless on the young season as they dropped their second game in the Pyramid Plus Tournament on Wednesday night.  Herrin beat the Wildcats 67 to 57.  

The Wildcats trailed by four points in the third quarter before Herrin blew it out to a 13 point advantage, 47 to 34, at the end of the third.  The Wildcats came back in the fourth quarter and closed within 6 points.  They were forced to foul as the clock ran down and couldn't get any closer.

Herrin improves to 1-1 in the Pyramid Plus Tournament.  

Nathan Williams led the 'Cats with 14 points.  Martin Riley had 12 and Roudy Hensley added ten points.  

Herrin was led by Guy James with 18 points, 13 of those coming in the third quarter.  Brian Schnieder added 12 points Diego Dunnigan had ten points.  

The Wildcats next ball game is Friday night at 8:30 when they take on Collinsville at the Pyramid Plus Tournament being held this year at Marion Junior High School.  

In other games at the Pyramid Plus Tournament Wednesday night, Mt. Vernon beat Marion 50 to 40 and Collinsville topped St. Louis (Sumner) 80 to 19.   

Centralia Orphans Win

The Centralia Orphans move to 2-0 as they beat Mascoutah 61 to 31 in the second round of the Centralia Thanksgiving Tournament.  Mascoutah trailed the whole game and was down 27-11 at half.  

Centralia show 52.3 percent and had six three pointers, while Mascoutah hit 27.3 percent of their shots, including only one of 11 free throws.  

Centralia was led by D'Aaron Owens and Ryan Obermeier with 13 points apiece and Tyriq Billberry with 12. 

In the second game at the Centralia Tourney, Belleville East beat Springfield 61 to 48.   

Sandoval and Odin Win at Mulberry Grove Tournament

In the Mulberry Grove Tournament, Sandoval beat Patoka 65 to 59.  Sandoval was led by LeRon Anderson with 21 points.  Brad Lyons added a dozen points and Jordan Johnson had ten.  Patoka was led by Jered Cain with 24.  Garrett Belcher added 18 and Shane Cain had 12.   

In other tournament action, Odin beat Ramsey 74 to 59.  The Mulberry Grove and Cowden-Herrick game was postponed due to the weather.  

In other boys basketball action:

Christopher Turkey Tournament:
Egyptian 61, Thompsonville 56
Christopher 72, Wayne City 46

Granite City Tournament:
Granite City 60, Taylorville 57
Triad 62, Nokomis 53

Grayville Thanksgiving Tournament:
Edwards County 54, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield 45
Grayville 73, Cisne 70 (OT)

Highland Tournament:
Althoff 84, Mater Dei 69
Carbondale 55, Edwardsville 43

Metro-East Lutheran Tournament:
Piasa Southwestern 69, St. Louis Cleveland 59
Waterloo Gibault 68, Gillespie 40
Alton Marquette 57, New Athens 42
Litchfield 69, Bunker Hill 47
Freeburg 62, Roxana 54
Metro-East Lutheran 57, Christ Our Rock Lutheran 37

St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament:
Breese Central 56, Clifton Central 48
Effingham 56, Mattoon 42
Effingham St. Anthony 55, Champaign St. Thomas More 54

Vienna Tournament:
Massac County 73, Century 31
Meridian 67, Vienna 51

In other games:

Newton 57, Altamont 37
West Frankfort 57, Anna-Jonesboro 28

Kaskaskia College picked up a win over the Blackburn College JV Wednesday afternoon, 117 to 62.

Kaskaskia College was led by Jerod Simmons-Young with 20 points, Michael Briscoe had 14, Dontel Rice 13, Chris McCraw 11, and Jacob Timmermann 10.  

Blackburn College was led by Jack Fulk with 18, Eric Gustafson with 18, and Quame Jefferson with 14.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Long anticipates playing for the first time since the opener for the St. Louis Rams.

Although Shaun Hill's last-minute goal-line interception was costly in last week's three-point loss at San Diego, the defense was shaky after making consistent improvement for several weeks.

Long is a longtime stalwart at defensive end for the Rams, and before undergoing left ankle surgery hadn't missed a game in six NFL seasons. He's increased his practice participation since the Rams started the 21-day window to activate him from injured reserve-designated for return.

Both Long and coach Jeff Fisher seemed optimistic about a return this week against the Oakland Raiders (1-10).

DENVER (AP) - Bryan Bickell scored late in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks overcame strong goaltending from Calvin Pickard to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Wednesday night.

Corey Crawford made 27 saves, and Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago. Patrick Kane had three assists.

Pickard, making his first start after winning two games in relief of Reto Berra, kept Colorado in the game with a career-high 42 saves. He left for an extra skater with 2:15 remaining, but Colorado couldn't tie it.

Ryan O'Reilly and Max Talbot scored for the Avalanche, who had won two consecutive games.

Colorado tied it 2-all on O'Reilly's third goal of the season at 3:36 of the third. Chicago stepped up the pressure but Pickard kept it a tie game until Bickell's go-ahead goal at 14:43. 

Blues Invite Brodeur to Practice

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Martin Brodeur will practice starting Friday with the St. Louis Blues, who've lost goalie Brian Elliott indefinitely with a lower body injury.

The 42-year-old Brodeur said earlier this month he's been working out and hoped to land a job. The team announced the invitation on its web site and general manager Doug Armstrong said in a brief release that Brodeur had agreed to practice through early next week.

Brodeur is the NHL leader in wins (688) and shutouts (124) and won three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils (1995, 2000 and 2003). He posted save percentages of .901 the past two seasons, split time with Cory Schneider his final year in New Jersey, and wasn't re-signed by the Devils.

Elliott was injured in the second period of the Blues' 3-2 shootout loss to Ottawa when his right leg got caught underneath his body in a scrum. 

Jake Allen has been sharing the starting job with Elliott and relieved him after the injury.

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