Mattoon’s Malik Carter Smith tries to steal the ball from Lincoln Way East’s Matt Wasso during their opening day game in the 7th annual Christmas Classic at Teutopolis High School Thursday afternoon. (photo/Chet Piotrowski)

Mattoon suffered a big loss Thursday night when point guard Meade Johnson went down with an injury during the first quarter of the Green Wave’s 59-41 loss to Lincoln-Way East in the seventh annual Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament at Teutopolis.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 junior, fell to the ground, landing awkwardly after trying to block a shot early in the opening quarter. He was eventually taken away by an ambulance.

“It’s a tough way to start a game when your team leader goes down like that,” said Mattoon coach Ryan Ghere. “Somebody else is going to have to step up and fill the spot.”

Charleston also lost its opener after entering the final quarter with a slight edge, 40-38. Central outscored the Trojans 26-16 in the fourth quarter for the 64-56 win.

Charleston’s Cade Landrus is tripped by Central A&M’s Jacob Paradee during their opening day game in the 7th annual Christmas Classic at Effingham High School Thursday evening. (photo/Chet Piotrowski)

Four Charleston players scored in double-figures and the Trojans made seven 3-pointers compared to A&M’s one in 13 attempts. But A&M shot 50 percent from two-point range, compared to 41 percent for CHS.

Isaac Miller scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting overall, Cade Landrus scored 13, and both Caleb Hurst and Jaksen Braun added 10. Hurst, Miller and Landrus hit two 3-pointers apiece.

Mattoon, meanwhile, fell behind 35-20 by halftime without its point guard. But coach Ryan Ghere said 6-foot-8 center Sam Bradbury played far better than the box score displays.

“I thought Sam had a very good game when we got him the ball,” Ghere said.

Bradbury scored six points and grabbed six rebounds despite being double- and triple-teamed for most of the game. “I thought Sam was the best big-man on the floor,” Ghere added.

Cam’Ron Thomas scored a team-high 13 points, made three 3-pointers and snared five rebounds while teammate Mason Wright scored 10 points on four-of-six shooting.

“We have to shoot better, play better defense and stop the turnovers,” Ghere said. “But that’s the goals of every team. You do those three things well, you’re gonna win most nights.”

Charleston plays Antioch at 9:30 Friday morning at Effingham High School and Mattoon faces St. Anthony at Teutopolis High at 9:30 as well. Both teams will also play at 4:30 p.m., but their opponents will be determined have not yet been determined.

Check in on Facebook to get updates through the day for the three local basketball tournaments. We’ll have full reports at night.

Effingham correspondent Chet Piotrowski contributed to this report.

Lincoln Way East 59, Mattoon 41

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MATTOON (41): Thomas 5 0-2 13, Morton 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Carter-Smith 0 0-0 0, Middleton 1 0-0 2, Compton 2 3-4 7, Wright 4 1-3 10, Bradbury 2 2-4 6, Cardwell 1 1-1 3. Totals 15 7-12 41.

3-pointers – Thomas 3, Wright 1. Rebounds – Bradbury 6, Thomas 5, Compton 2.

Central A&M 64, Charleston 56

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CHARLESTON (56): Hurst 4 0-0 10, Harrell 1 0-0 2, Bell 0 0-0 0, Miller 5 2-4 14, Bickford 1 2-2 4, Schuette 0 0-0 0, Braun 5 0-0 10, Burgess 1 0-0 3, Rennels 0 0-0 0, Landrus 5 1-4 13. Totals 22 5-10 56. 

3 pointers – Hurst 2, Miller 2, Landrus 2, Burgess 1. Rebounds – Hurst 8, Miller 4, Braun 4, Burgess 3.