Effingham Daily News
Effingham got stronger as the game went on Saturday as the Flaming Hearts took third at the St. Anthony Turkey Tournament with a 59-49 win over Breese Central Saturday.
That strength came from the standout perfomance turned in by Matt Wohltman, who poured in 22 points on the evening against the Cougars.
It was quite the bump in scoring from Wohltman, who came into Saturday's game averaging two points per game, with a season-high of four.
Head coach Ron Reed said it wasn't necessarily in the Hearts' gameplan to feature Wohltman, but the production warranted feeding the hot hand.
"He came on and made his first few shots, and we did a good job of getting him the ball in good spots," Reed said. "He executed and really had a big game for us."
Wohltman got going early, scoring the Hearts' first six points of the game Saturday as Effingham took a 14-12 lead over Breese Central.
He'd add six more in the second half as the game remained tight, but Effingham finished the half on an 8-2 run to grab a 24-19 lead at the half.
Effingham limited Breese Central's offensive productivity by shutting down standout guard Jacob Timmermann.
He had three points in the first half and would finish the game with 14, but fouled out midway through the fourth and the Cougars scuffled due to the Hearts' defense and Timmermann's foul trouble.
"He's such a great player, he's a very tough guard and we tried to make sure to make him go with his left hand and bring some support when he put it on the floor," Reed said.
Wohltman had seven more points in the third, mostly from the low post, as Effingham pushed its four-point halftime lead to nine, and the Hearts would keep it up in a foul-dominated fourth quarter.
It was Kevin Daugherty's time to shine in the fourth, as he dropped 11 of his 16 points in the frame in a solid effort off the bench.
Leighton Lark and Kennan Mahaffey each scored eight points on the night, with six of Mahaffey's eight coming in the first quarter.
Effingham finished third at the annual St. Anthony tournament, and Reed got a better sense of what his team can do with a 3-1 record.
"It's been a good deal for us," he said. "Each game was a little bit different, we had to come back, we had to try and hang on to a lead."
Lark was named to the All-Tournament team for his efforts. Robinson defeated Charleston 53-37 in the seventh-place game, and Belleville Althoff Catholic went undefeated with a 4-0 record and took the title home with a 67-57 win over Mattoon.
The Flaming Hearts open Apollo play Friday at home against Charleston, after beating them 68-43 in pool play Wednesday night.
Breese Central 12 7 10 20 49
Effingham 14 10 14 21 59
Breese Central: Truong 4, Timmermann 14, Harmon 10, Kohrmann 7, Schneider 7, Shidle 7
Effingham: Bone 2, Mahaffey 8, P. Knight 1, Wohltman 22, Lark 8, Daugherty 16, Foreman 2