The Effingham Flaming Hearts are your 2015-2016 Apollo Conference Champions. The Hearts claimed the conference title Friday night with a 69-66 win over Mt. Zion. Effingham is now a perfect 8-0 in the conference and 17-6 overall. It was the fourth consecutive Apollo Conference Championship for Effingham.
The Hearts held a 36-30 lead at the half and a 52-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Effingham was able to withstand a big quarter from Mt. Zion’s Jonah Smith to take home the win. Smith scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 8 minutes. It was senior Jared Minor who led Effingham, scoring 21 on the night. Jacob Donaldson, Grant Wolfe, and Sean Zerrusean were all in double figures as well, with 16, 12, and 10.
When the team’s met earlier this year Effingham took home the 61-59 win
Effingham plays Pana tonight for senior night. The Hearts still have two more conference games left on the schedule, both on the road against Taylorville and Salem.
Other Area Scores
Georgetown LaSalette 66 Cumberland 64
Vandalia 67 Piasa SW 43
South Central 59 Mulberry Grove 48
Altamont 68 St. Elmo-Brownstown 46
Newton 46 Olney 44 in overtime
Mattoon 39 Salem 30
Marshall 80 Edwards County 63
Lawrenceville 101 Casey Westfield 49
Robinson 59 Red Hill 51