Strong second half leads Edison over Weir
WEIRTON – The Edison boys basketball team ended the regular season on a high note.
The Wildcats led Weir by four points fairly late in the second quarter, but pulled away from that point en route to a 71-44 victory over the Red Riders Monday night at the Carl Hamill Fieldhouse.
“This is a big win for Edison,” second-year Wildcats head coach Nate Moses said. “It’s been many years since Edison last won 10 games in a season.
“This is the end of the first season. We have to move on. We have to get ready to play Cambridge on Wednesday.”
The Wildcats scored at least 15 points in all four quarters, while also outscoring the Red Riders in each one.
Edison outscored Weir 41-22 in the second half.
“When (Mitch) Viakley went down with his injury, we had some kids come off of the bench and provide a spark,” veteran Weir head coach Mike Granato said. “We were down four, and we missed some easy shots.
“We were down four, and then next you know we are down eight and then the next thing you know we are down 14. We were in just too deep a hole.
“Edison is an excellent shooting team. If you just stand there, they will knock down shots on you.”
Four players scored in double digits to lead the way for the Wildcats.
Dylan Jones netted a team-high 14 points, Skyler Wilkin and Austin Horan each ended up with 13 points and Erik Lee tallied 12 points.
Also, Austin Hyndman added six points, Storm Allese collected five points and Zac Kramarich contributed one point.
“Our defense made the difference,” Moses said. “Our defensive intensity was there.
“You have to give credit to Weir. They battled. They played hard in the first half. We did not really change anything. They played really well in the first half.”
Two players scored in double digits for the Red Riders (1-15) as Chris Wood delivered a game-high 20 points, while Michael Curtis contributed 10 points.
Also, Vince Gaudio added four points, Chayton Luevano netted three points and Ryan Kirk and Cory Enrietti each tallied two points.
“We didn’t execute on offense, and we didn’t execute on defense,” Granato said. “We did not contest shots, and we did not box out.
“At this point in the season, you would hope we wouldn’t have games like this, but we are.”
Viakley did not score a point before being injured early in the game. He did not return.
The Wildcats led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second stanza, a basket by Woika increased Edison’s advantage to 24-14 forcing Granato to call timeout with 2:37 left to play in the first half.
The Red Riders responded with a 6-0 run to pull within 24-20 following two free throws by Curtis, but the rest of the game belonged to the Wildcats.
Edison led 30-22 at halftime.
“The biggest thing for us is if we take care of the ball on offense, get after it on defense, box out and hit free throws, we are going to do well,” Moses said. “If we do those things, we are a pretty good team. If we don’t do those things, things will turn the other way.”
Edison extended its lead in the third quarter. The Wildcats took a 48-29 lead into the fourth quarter.
Weir is scheduled to play today at home against rival Brooke.
“Our schedule doesn’t allow for any breaks,” Granato said. “That is the way it is supposed to be.”
Edison is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. Wednesday against Cambridge in an Ohio Division II Eastern District Sectional game out at Zanesville. The Bobcats are seeded ninth in the tournament, while the Wildcats are seeded 16.
“We have seen them on film,” Moses said. “Cambridge is a good basketball team. They are 11-11. They have played some stiff completion. They are a really-good basketball team. We are going to have to play better than we did tonight. We are going to have to be ready to go.”
Indian Creek will play Carrollton at 6 p.m. in the first game of the night Wednesday.
Edison 71, Weir 44
Edison 15 15 18 23 – 71
Weir 10 12 7 15 – 44
EDISON (10-12): Rogers 0 0-0 0, Jones 4 5-7 14, Lee 2 8-10 12, Allese 2 1-2 5, Hyndman 2 2-3 6 Nave 0 0-0 0, Kramarich 0 1-2 1, Springer 0 0-0 0, Piatt 0 0-0 0, Woika 2 0-0 4, Horan 4 3-5 13, Talkington 0 0-0 0, Wiklin 4 2-2 13. Totals: 22 23-32 71. 3-Pointers: Wilkin 3, Jones.
WEIR (1-15): Knight 1 0-1 2, Viakley 0 0-0 0, Gaudio 2 0-0 4, Wood 9 1-1 20, Luevano 1 0-0 3, Kirk 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 0 0-0 0, Curtis 4 2-3 10, Enrietti 1 0-0 2, Keyes 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Mikula 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 4-7 44. 3-Pointers: Wood, Luevano.