Charleston’s Caleb Hurst scored 12 points during an explosive second quarter that essentially ended Friday night’s Apollo boys basketball game by halftime.
Hurst hit two of the Trojans’ five 3-pointers in the quarter, and he combined with his teammates to limit Mt Zion to two field goals and outscore the Braves, 27-4, en route to a 64-43 victory on senior night at Baker Gym.
Hurst along with fellow senior, Isaac Miller, combined to score 33 points. Hurst scored 17 points overall. Miller, who hit two of his game-high four 3-pointers in the second quarter, finished with 16 points.
“In the second quarter, we moved the ball well and made some shots,” Charleston coach Brad Oakley said. “We changed to our 2-3 zone, which helped us defensively.”
Ahead 38-17 at halftime, Charleston held Mt Zion at bay in the final two quarters, matching them at 26-26.
Sam Bickford added 17 points on seven field goals, including a 3-pointer and two free throws. The junior also assisted on 14 of the team’s 21 field goals.
Charleston finishes the regular season 12-16, 3-9 in the Apollo Conference. Mt. Zion is now 16-25, 1-11.
These two teams face off again at 7 p.m. Monday in Mattoon for the opener of the boys Class 3A regional tournament. The winner advances to take on Springfield Lanphier (22-9) on Tuesday night.
CHARLESTON: Hurst 5 4-4 16, Harrell 0 2-2 2, Isaac Miller 5 3-4 17, Bell 0 0-0 0, Landrus 2 2-2 6, Braun 2 1-2 6, Bickford 7 2-2 17. Totals 21 14-16 64. 3-pointers – Miller 4, Hurst 2, Braun 1, Bickford 1.