BETHANY -- There's been very few practices for Shelbyville at full strength.

The boys basketball team was awaiting the return of players who were also on the football team, which made a run to the semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs.

Friday's 67-50 win over Okaw Valley was exactly what coach Bob Herdes expected in the Rams' first game.

Malcolm Miller scored a game-high 22 points and Beck added 15 while Pullen netted 12.

"Everybody did some good things and everybody did some bad things," Herdes said. "We haven't had but three practices with the whole team. At times we played well and at times we struggled. It was a typical first game."

Trey Yarnell scored 11 for Okay Valley and Jared Bunfill had 13.

"I thought Okaw Valley played hard," Herdes said. "We played hard. For us, it was a difficult first game. They have had a few games under their belt, so that's what you kind of expect.

Warrensburg-Latham 52, Argenta-Oreana 20

ARGENTA -- A stifling Warrensburg-Latham defense held Argenta-Oreana scoreless in the first quarter as the Cardinals went on to pick up a non-conference victory ahead of the Macon County Tournament.

Joe Gustafson's 14 points and Cameron Bond's seven powered the Cardinals to their first win of the season.

Gustafson also added 10 rebounds.

"I thought Joe had a very strong game and he got a log of support from Cameron," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said. "We needed a game like this to get our season rolling." 

Effingham 55, Mattoon 39

EFFINGHAM — Last Saturday, Mattoon beat Effingam 62-51 in the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament.

The Hearts weren't going to suffer the same fate again Friday.

Landon Wolfe scored 28 points for the Hearts, including 12 in the third quarter and 17 in the second half.

“Wolfe turned it up an extra notch in the second half,” Mattoon head coach Ryan Ghere said. “He decided he was really going to take over the game and he showed just how special of a player he is.” 

Mason Hull added 12 for Effingham.

Jacon Ghere and Jacob Spitz each scored eight for the Green Wave.

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