The Effingham Flaming Hearts are still perfect in the Apollo Conference after their 61-46 win over Salem. The win was Effingham’s ninth in a row, and clinches an outright Apollo Conference championship. Effingham was led by Grant Wolfe and Jacob Donaldson. The two combined for 45 points, with 26 from Wolfe and 19 from Donaldson. Effingham is now 19-6 overall and 9-0 in the conference. The Hearts will be on the road Tuesday against Breese Mater Dei. The Hearts will begin their postseason on March 2nd in the 3A Mattoon Regional against Olney.
The Cumberland Pirates also picked up a win Friday. The Pirates beat Tri-County 67-51 to improve to 16-11 on the season. Cumberland was led by Brandon Shaon’s 26 points. Mike Wolke also added 10 for the Pirates. Brock Lewis and TJ Bishop were each in double figures for Tri-County with 18 and 16 points a piece.
Friday’s contest was Senior Night for the Pirates, as well as their regular season finale. The Pirates are playing in the 2A Casey Westfield Regional. Cumberland faces host Casey on Monday at 7:00pm.
Other Friday Scores
Teutopolis 76 Madison 34
Altamont 69 Windsor-Stew Stras 64
Dieterich 66 Patoka 54
Mattoon 51 Taylorville 32
St. Anthony 65 Casey Wesfield 44
Red Hill 63 Flora 62
Newton 64 Neoga 38
South Central 56 North Clay 44
Vandalia 79 Carlinville 70