Ron Reed Picks Up Career Win #400 at St. Anthony Tourney

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Published on November 28 2013 3:43 am
Last Updated on November 28 2013 4:00 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham High School boys basketball coach Ron Reed earned his 400th career victory Wednesday night when the Effingham Hearts pounded the Charleston Trojans 68-43.  The game at the St. Anthony Thanksgiving Tournament was heard on 979XFM and www.979xfm.com.  

Meanwhile, Belleville Althoff continued to show why they're an early favorite for great success this season, defeating the St. Anthony Bulldogs 62-37 in the final of three games at the tournament Wednesday.  That game was also heard on 979XFM and on the Web.  In the opener Wednesday, Breese Central defeated Mattoon 70-55.

A Herrin native, Reed took over as varsity coach at North Clay High School in 1988 after one season as an assistant.  After a short stint at Harrisburg, Reed returned to Louisville and had great success including leading the Cardinals to their first-ever regional championship.  Reed then left for a few seasons at Lawrenceville before landing the Hearts' coaching job.

The 400th win was a convincing one for Reed and the Hearts.  

After a few early minutes of getting into a rhythm, the Hearts took off, leading the Trojans 20-8 after one quarter, 38-17 at halftime and 56-36 after three quarters before outpointing Charleston 12-7 in the final period.  Effingham at one point had a 30-point lead in the contest.

Effingham made 24 of 59 shots for 41%, added 15 of 22 from the line, only turned the ball over seven times, grabbed 27 rebounds, and hit three of 10 three-point attempts.  

Charleston made 15 of 37 shots for 41%, hit nine of 12 foul shots, committed 18 turnovers and pulled down 21 rebounds while making four of 11 shots from three-point range.

Leighton Lark and Isaac Foreman shared scoring honors for the Hearts with 15 points apiece, while Kevin Daugherty came off the bench to score 12 points.  Also for the Hearts: Kennan Mahaffey eight points, and Phil Knight, Marcus Robinson and Michael Carie six points each.

Mitchell Huddlestun led Charleston with 12 points.

Effingham is even on the season and in the tournament at 1-1, while Charleston slipped to 0-2.

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Belleville Althoff is proving itself to be a load.  

After defeating Effingham 64-45 Tuesday night, the Crusaders posted a 25-point over the Bulldogs Wednesday night.

St. Anthony suffered through a tough shooting night, making just 14 of 44 shots for 32%, including one of 13 shooting from three-point range.  The Bulldogs made eight of 11 foul shots, turned the ball over 17 times and pulled down 21 rebounds.

Althoff made 22 of 48 shots for 46%, hit 11 of 16 foul shots, committed just 10 turnovers and grabbed 24 rebounds while making seven of 15 three-point tries.

The Bulldogs found themselves down 15-7 after one quarter and 30-17 at halftime before a 20-8 third quarter sealed the win for the Crusaders.  It was 12-12 in the fourth quarter.

John Goeckner's 10 points led St. Anthony.  Also for the Bulldogs: Alex Hoelscher eight, Frank Jansen four, Neil Williams and Zach Gardewine three each, Andrew Gardewine, Matt Gibson, Connor Greene and Eric Gurtner two apiece, and Derek Rios one point.

Belleville Althoff is now 2-0 while the Bulldogs are even at 1-1.

After three days of tournament play in Pool A, Althoff is 2-0, St. Anthony and Effingham are each 1-1, and Charleston is 0-2.  In Pool B, Mt. Zion is 2-0, Mattoon and Breese Central are each 1-1, and Robinson is 0-2.  

Four games are scheduled Friday.  At 3pm, Mt. Zion plays Mattoon, at 4:30, Charleston takes on Belleville Althoff, at 6pm, Breese Central meets Robinson and, at 7:30, Effingham will play St. Anthony.  We'll have the Bulldogs vs. Hearts game on 979XFM and www.979xfm.com.  We'll also be videotaping the game so watch for it on the Web over the weekend.

The finals are set for 3pm, 4:30pm, 6pm and 7:30pm on Saturday with the matchups determined by how the teams fare in pool play this week.  We'll have the Hearts and Bulldogs' games on Saturday for you on 979XFM and www.979xfm.com.