ZANESVILLE - Call it the epitome of the season.
The Edison boys basketball team had a rough first half then came out like gangbusters in the second half, but it wasn't enough as Cambridge left Zanesville High School with a 61-52 victory in Division II Eastern District sectional action Wednesday.
"Yes, it was kind of like our season," said second-year Wildcats coach Nate Moses after his team finished the season at 10-13. "We had a lot of ups and downs this year, but far more ups than downs. We did a great job at home, going 7-3, but we had a hard time on the road.
GRITTY — Edison’s Erik Lee goes against Cambridge’s Kohl Taylor during the second half of the Bobcats’ 61-52 victory in sectional action at Zanesville High School.
-- Mike Mathison
Indian Creek’s Cody Durbin, guarded by Carrollton’s Lane Hartong, looks to throw a pass to a cutting Blake Roar, guarded by Caleb Pasiuk, during the first half of Wednesday’s 51-48 loss to the Warriors at Zanesville in sectional play.
"We were up four on Union Local late before losing and then had tough times in other places like St. Clairsville. We were down 18 at home to Bellaire and came back to win by eight. I am just really proud of what these players have accomplished."
Cambridge did a great job of hurrying Edison in the first half, making the Wildcats turn the ball over 11 times and take just 17 first-half shots.
"This was a big game for us and when you're not used to playing in big games, it can kind of get to you a little bit," said Moses. "This is a great environment and a great place to play. I think we came out with a few jitters tonight.
"We played well after we settled down. We had a hard time playing consistently for four quarters this year and tonight was no different.
"It's not like we didn't know what they were going to do. We saw them. We knew what they were running.
"Cambridge did a really good job in the first half forcing us into turnovers. We did a much better job early in the third quarter against them and when we went on that run we got them out of that zone and they went man against us. We just couldn't get over the hump tonight. Every time we made a run they had an answer and credit to them for doing that every time tonight.
"We had to go small and when we did that, they got us on the offensive boards with putbacks and 45 (Clifford Clark) got us there. He and 15 (Jordan Watson) hurt us tonight and so did 40 (Zach Padden).
"Their size hurt us."
Edison started the third quarter on a 14-4 run and Cambridge called a timeout up 29-27 with 4:30 left in the third period.
The Bobcats answered with a 14-5 run to end the quarter, the dagger coming from a Conner Johnson trey in the final seconds.
"That one hurt," said Moses.
But, Edison wasn't done.
The Wildcats' Erik Lee made an old fashioned three-point play (43-37) and Skyler Wilken's two free throws had it 45-39.
But, a Padden putback after a missed free throw made it 48-39. Austin Horan's bucket put the score at 48-41, but the Bobcats answered with a basket and then an easy layup following a turnover and it was 52-41 with 2:50 showing.
Lee made a basket and Horan a free throw, missed the second and Edison missed the putback and Cambridge transitioned into an easy basket for 54-44 lead. Wilken buried a three and it was 54-47 with 1:29 unplayed.
"I never felt like we were going to lose it," said Cambridge coach Sheryl Weber. "It was just frustrating the way we kept allowing them back into it.
"We felt we should be up 20 at halftime and we weren't. And the next thing you know they got within two. I felt we'd work ourselves out of it and we did."
Edison loses seniors Dylan Jones and Storm Allese to graduation and returns 11 of the 13 players in uniform.
"We had a lot of positives this year," said Moses. "It was a good step for this program. The last time Edison had 10 wins in a season was 2003. We are losing two seniors who have given a lot to this program. Hopefully, those two seniors can say in a few years that they started this run."
Lee and Wilken evenly split 22 points and Horan added nine for the Wildcats.
Clark totaled 18 points and 16 rebounds to lead Cambridge, which faces Carrollton on Friday. Padden and Watson each added 13.
CAMBRIDGE 61, EDISON 52
Edison 4 9 19 20 - 52
Cambridge 13 12 18 18 - 61
Edison (10-13): Jones 1-3 1-2 3, Lee 4-9 3-5 11, Allese 2-4 0-0 4, Hyndman 2-4 0-0 4, Nave 2-3 0-0 4, Springer 0-0 0-0 0, Piatt 2-2 0-0 5, Woika 0-0 1-2 1, Wilken 3-11 4-5 11, Horan 4-8 1-2 9. Totals 20-46 10-14 52. 3-pointers: Piatt, Wilken.
Cambridge (12-11): Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 5-11 3-7 13, Johnson 2-3 2-2 7, Wilkinson 1-4 1-2 3, Masinelli 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 1-1 0-0 3, Lewis 2-5 0-0 4, Padden 6-9 1-2 13, Clark 8-14 2-2 18, Givens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-49 9-15 61. 3-pointers: Johnson, Taylor.