Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 7, 2013

Flaming Hearts roll in Apollo opener

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — Effingham will play Charleston on Jan. 31 for a chance to beat the Trojans for a third time this season and if the game is anything similar to the previous two, the Flaming Hearts will have the season sweep.

The Hearts dominated the Trojans on Friday 65-29, beating Charleston for the second time in less than two weeks, during which Effingham accumulated 133 points in two games.

Effingham (4-1, 1-0 Apollo) beat Charleston 68-43 in the two teams' first matchup, in the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament, and won its first conference game on Friday more convincingly.

“I thought we played a little better than the Thanksgiving tournament,” Effingham head coach Ron Reed said. “We hit guys when they were open. We shared the ball and had a lot of assists tonight.”

Kevin Daugherty and Isaac Foreman were the biggest beneficiaries of said assists, scoring 16 points and 11 points, respectively, even though 10 Hearts scored in the game.

Effingham took an 18-2 lead into the second quarter and held a 26-point lead by halftime. It didn't matter that Charleston (0-5, 0-1 Apollo) only lost the second half by 10 points, 28-18.

The Trojans had 11 points and eight team fouls at halftime, as only four player scored points in the first two quarters. On the other end, nine different Effingham players scored before the start of the third quarter.

“A lot of guys stood out tonight,” Reed said. “A lot of guys did a tremendous job. They played really well and that was an indication of how the score went tonight.”

Daugherty and Foreman were the only Hearts who reached double figures, though three players scored at least six points, four others scored four points and one player scored two.

Leighton Lark finished with eight points, while Matt Wohltman and Phil Knight scored six points apiece. Wohltman and Knight combined to shoot 6-for-9 from the free throw line, as a part of the team's 13-for-19 performance from the line.

The game was the Hearts' first non-tournament game and home game this season, after finishing in third place at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

“I was happy to see us come out and play well in front of the home fans,” Reed said. “There's more on the line when it's a conference game. It was pretty good overall.”

Charleston's Mitchell Huddleston led the Trojans with nine points, while AJ Thomas finished with six and Alex Gowin with four. The Trojans are still seeking their first win this season.

Effingham will be back in action at 6:15 p.m. Friday in Mattoon, four days before hosting seventh-ranked Teutopolis on Dec. 17.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Effingham     18 19 14 14     65

Charleston     2 9 8 10     29

Effingham: Robinson 4, Mahaffey 4, Knight 6, Wohltman 6, Lark 8, Wolfe 4, Daugherty 16, Foreman 11, Carie 2, Minor 4

Charleston: Huddleston 9, Gowin 4, Strader 2, Bell 3, Moore 2, Thomas 6, Hoover 3