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Hearts rip Mattoon

The Effingham Hearts started the season hot and nothing has changed.

The Hearts notched their sixth straight win Friday night with a dominating 72-42 victory at home over Mattoon.

A layup by Grant Wolfe and a 3-pointer by Brent Beals at the buzzer put the Hearts on top 16-10 after eight minutes and started a 28-5 run that turned the game into a rout.

During that scoring surge, Jacob Donaldson converted a dunk on an alley-oop pass from Grant Wolfe and Mason Hull connected from long range just before the end of the first half to send the Hearts to the locker room with a comfortable 39-15 advantage.

The offensive barrage continued in the third quarter. The hot-shooting Hearts outscored the Green Wave 24-11 to extend the margin to 63-26.

The Hearts, who improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the Apollo Conference, once again featured a balanced scoring attack. Donaldson led four players in double figures with 20 points. Grant Wolfe scored 14, Beals had 13 and Landon Wolfe added 11.

The Effingham JV dropped a 53-49 decision. Mattoon outscored the Hearts 30-18 in the middle two quarters. Ryan Sandifer scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the second half.

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