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Edison Gets Past Margaretta


           On a night when getting the ball in basket was about as easy as putting the ball through the clown’s nose on a miniature golf course, Edison hung on to beat “SBC” rival Maragretta (38-32) in a division three district semi-final on Thursday night at Norwalk School.

          The two teams combined to make just 26 of 87 field goals.

          Edison coach Kyle Hammond says when you play a third time, especially with the intensity of the tournament, it can be hard to score.  “You kind of expected it to be a grind it our kind of game when you play a team three times and you are as familiar as are these two teams are.  Who have to give Margaretta a ton of credit playing kind of short handed and the way they grinded and kept tempo the way it was.  I think coach Keller and his staff did a great job in getting them ready to play,” said Hammond.

          James Hill led Edison with 19 points and he gave the Chargers a nine point lead (36-27) with 2:58 to play in the game, but the Polar Bears closed to four (36-32) with 31 seconds left, but it was too late.

          Angelo Frias, a double figure scorer for the Polar Bears, did not play in the tournament game on Thursday night, due to a violation of the district’s athletic policy.

          Coach Steve Keller thought they played very sound defense, they just couldn’t make enough shots.  “I was really proud of our guys.  We had quite a bit of adversity this week and our guys came out and really battled.  Defensively we were good enough.  We had to play a lot of guys some big minutes and we struggled to put the ball in the basket in the second half.  Defensively we did good things,” he told Swankonsports.com after the game, “Offensively we had good looks we just couldn’t score.  Hats off to Edison they have some very good length.  We will keep at it.  Fortunately these guys are all back, so we will keep working hard in the off season to get better.”

          Margaretta led (22-18) at the half, but Hammond says they got offensive rebounds and some hustle plays in the second two periods of the game and that was big for them.  “That was one the big emphasis in the second half.  We have to be the more aggressive team.  I thought in the first half they were beating us to those 50/50 balls and I think in the second half we got some big offensive rebounds and that made a big difference down the stretch,” said Hammond.

          Bailey Kimberlin had 12 points for Margaretta and Nick Leibacher finished with 11.

          Edison shot just 33 percent and Margaretta made only 27 percent of its shots.  Hammond says their kids did an outstanding job of following the game plan.  “I have to give to my assistants credit for the scouting report they put together and our kids stuck to it,” he said.

          Edison (15-9) returns to Norwalk to play Western Reserve (15-8) in the district final on Saturday afternoon.  They beat the Roughriders (55-38) last season to advance to the regional for the first time ever.  They beat team this year (51-48) on February 18. 

“I told our guys I thought they deserved to get to this point.  I know it has been up and down, but they way they have responded in some really tough times this year they are a great group of kids and I couldn’t be prouder of this team,” said Hammond.


Published 3/10/17

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