Nate Thompson scored 15 of his 30 points in the third quarter to help host Effingham rally in the second half to defeat Mattoon, 76-71, on Friday night.

Cam’Ron Thomas scored 15 point in the opening quarter when the Green Wave took a 22-16 lead. Mattoon held a 38-34 lead at halftime before the Flaming Hearts went on a 28-11 run in the third quarter.

Thomas scored nine points in the fourth quarter when Mattoon mounted a comeback account, but fell just short.

Thomas made three 3-pointers and finished with 28 points overall, and teammate Mason Wright scored 15 with three 3 as well. Josiah Morton contributed 12 points.

Mattoon next plays host to Lincoln on Tuesday night.

Flaming Hearts 76, Green Wave 71

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MATTOON (71)

Thomas 12 1-2 28, Morton 5 0-0 12, Johnson 1 1-2 4, Carter-Smith 2 3-4 8, Middleton 0 0-0 0, Compton 4 4-4 15, Wright 1 0-2 2, Yardley 1 0-1 2, Bradbury 0 0-5 0. Totals 26 9-20 71.

3-pointers – Thomas 3, Wright 3, Morton 2, Johnson 1, Carter-Smith 1.