The Alton Redbirds fell to the Effingham Flaming Hearts in the first round of the Centralia Holiday Basketball Tournament on Thursday.  The final, 46-43 in favor of Effingham.  The Hearts improve to 7-and-2 while the Redbirds fall to 5-and-5. 

Alton led throughout the first three quarters of the game but Effingham went on a 14-0 run late in the third quarter and into the fourth period. 

The Alton Redbirds face Champaign Central at 10 am this morning (Friday) in the consolation bracket.  You can catch all the live coverage of Alton Redbirds basketball from the Centralia Tournament again Friday morning at 10 right here

on Z-1570 and at


Alton High boys basketball coach Eric :

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