HEYWORTH -- Warrensburg-Latham did the little things right on Tuesday. They rebounded well, limited turnovers and didn't allow Heyworth to go off on offense.
But the Cardinals didn't shoot well from the outside, and didn't pull away until the fourth quarter thanks to stellar defensive play.
"We were 25-of-54 and only made 1 of 8 3-pointers," Warrensburg coach Vic Binkley said. "For free throws, we are definitely going to work on that, with only 19-for-34."
Tyler Bond led the offense, finishing with 15 points as Will Gustafson added in 14 more. And Gustafson was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line.
Heyworth only managed six points in the final quarter.
"It was a pretty tight game all the way through," Binkley said. "We took a little run in the middle of the third and went up by eight. We definitely held them defensively, especially in the fourth. That was huge."
Charleston 58, Altamont 53
CUMBERLAND -- The Trojans are quickly erasing the memories of last season.
Charleston won its second game with a win against Altamont in the Cumberland Turkey Tournament as Blaze Taylor-Lutz had 17 points, Reece Bell had 13 and Will Strader had 12.
"I think it was a pretty good team effort," Charleston coach Jim Wood said. "Our scoring was fairly balanced. I was pleased with how we got out in transition and our defensive rotations were pretty good for most of the night."
Charleston, now 2-0, is almost halfway to last year's total of five wins.
Ryan Armstrong led the Indians with 18 points and Adam Mayhaus added 13 more. Altamont only had one less field goal but was 6 of 14 from the free throw line.
Mattoon 52, Robinson 35
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EFFINGHAM -- Mattoon never trailed in its season opener, but it wasn't a mistake free night.
When Mattoon took care of the ball, it found its way to great shots. But the Green Wave gave the ball 15 times.
But Robinson turned it over more than the Green Wave and could never get the key possessions it needed to tie the Mattoon.
“It was the first game and Sawyer (Scott), Braden (Smith), Davis (Johnson) are the only ones that had any real varsity experience,” Mattoon coach Josh Forsythe said. “It showed. They were a little nervous, but it was a good first win and we will take it.”
The Green Wave kept pressure on Robinson in the half court and the Maroons turned the ball over 19 times.
“I was real happy with our man-to-man defense,” Forsythe said. “Wasn’t sure we were going to be able to play much this year. They came out and did a good job the first two weeks and we will be able to go to that a little bit more instead of relying on the zone.”
Flora 46, Effingham 45
NEWTON -- Crimson Jones dropped 30 and Flora needed every point to stave off Effingham.
The Hearts forged their way for a late 21-point fourth-quarter run, but the comeback fell just short.
After a strong first half offensively, Flora couldn't find the same touch on the floor from then on out. The Wolves only had two second half field goals, both Jones, but worked their way to the line where they made 17 of 20 for the night.
"(Jones) scored 17 points (in the first half), but in the second half Miranda Fox came in and was up to the challenge," Effingham coach Jeff Schafer said. "We trailed by as many as 12 in the second half. Incredibly, the game came down to a 1-1 free throw and a 3-footer."
Shelby Myers led Effingham with 16 points.