Cavaliers snap losing streak, flirt with first conference
By JACKSON WILSON
Enquirer Democrat Sports Reporter
Confidence and positivity can do a team wonders in the world of sports.
Coming into last week on a five-game skid, the Carlinville basketball Cavaliers were in desperate need of some optimism with a busy stretch of conference contests looming on the horizon. A 42-38 county conquest at Bunker Hill proved to be just what they needed. Though the Cavies didn’t quite win in Hillsboro last Friday, they nearly pulled an upset and made the host Hiltoppers earn their stripes. With the 49-43 loss, Carlinville is 7-18 overall and 0-5 in South Central Conference play.
At the start, Hillsboro was in complete control – leading 16-8. Yet, Carlinville refused to let the game get out of hand. Michael Byots converted on a floater and a triple to end the quarter, trimming the Hiltopper advantage to 18-15. Byots put up a similar scoring surge to close out the half as well. Trailing 24-16, Byots erupted for five more points in 35 seconds, sending the Cavaliers into the halftime locker room with all the momentum on their side.
Read the full story in the 2-7-19 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.
Senior Collin Gibbel goes up for two points. Enquirer-Democrat photo by Cory Walton.