Indian Creek boys double up Edison
RICHMOND — The Indian Creek boys’ basketball team controlled the paint and the game against rival Edison.
The Redskins scored the majority of their points on the inside and they won the battle of the boards en route to doubling up the Wildcats, 54-27, Tuesday night on the road.
The Redskins (3-3) led from wire to wire en route to recording their third straight win.
“We have got some kids who can play inside,” Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy said. “They did a good job. We did a good job of getting the ball down there, and once we got it down there the kids did a good job of posting up and making moves to the basket.”
The Redskins scored 13 points from the foul line — many of those coming on fouls on the inside — and they made just one 3-pointer.
“It was not a big plan or anything,” Dunlevy said. “We just wanted to get the ball inside. We thought we had a little bit of a size disadvantage.
“Both teams played hard. The score may not show that. It was more of a hard-fought game than the score shows. It always is when we play. They have got some kids who can play. They are going to be a handful in the near future.”
Indian Creek was able to score at will on the inside, while Edison (1-4) had to work hard for every point it scored.
“If you look at both ends of the floor, when we were on defense, Indian Creek did what they wanted,” Edison coach Nate Moses said. “They controlled the game. They ran their sets. They did what they wanted to do. On the other side when we were on offense, it was the same thing. They controlled our guys. They were more physical.
“As a team, we did not handle the pressure. We were not able to overcome the Indian Creek defense. They controlled the game at both ends.”
Derrick Eakle collected a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Redskins. Austin Yaich and Austin Judson each tallied 10 points.
Isaac Schmitz scored a team-high 14 points to lead the way for the Wildcats. He was the only Edison player to score more than three points.
“Indian Creek is a physical basketball team,” Moses said. “We let them control the game, and when they control the game they double you up. They run the clock. They don’t try to embarrass you. They don’t score 100. They doubled us up.”
Indian Creek outrebounded Edison, 27-15. Schmitz and Zack Easter each grabbed four rebounds for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats committed 19 turnovers, while the Redskins committed 17.
Indian Creek scored the first seven points en route to building a 15-7 lead after the first quarter, and the Redskins extended their advantage to 39-14 at halftime.
“We think we have played good defense in all six games,” Dunlevy said. “It is the other aspects of the game that has cost us wins. It is things like turnovers and missed free throws. We have shot pretty well from the line.
“We are working hard at practice on our passing and on our ball handling. When we don’t do things well, that is on me. We are working on our ball handling and on our passing. We may have taken those things for granted early in the year.”
The Wildcats outscored the Redskins, 12-7, in the third quarter, but Indian Creek outscored Edison, 8-1, in the fourth.
“Indian Creek did not do anything different,” Moses said. “It was the same Coach Dunlevy team we have been going against for years now. They get after you on defense. They play hard, and they take care of the basketball.”
Both teams are scheduled to play Friday. Indian Creek is slated to play at home against Martins Ferry.
“It would be nice to get a win going into Christmas break,” Dunlevy said.
Meanwhile, Edison will play at Caldwell.
“It is nice to play games against teams from outside of the area,” Moses said. “We have seen them. Right now, it is not about who we play. Our guys just have to get better. Coach (Mark) Smyth said the other day that right now practice is more important than games. We have to get better at practice.
“We played well against Buckeye Local, and we were able to stop (Drake) Novak. Then, we come out tonight, and Indian Creek controls the game. We have to respond. We have to regroup.”
Indian Creek won the JV game, 31-29. Michael Allen led the way for the Redskins with six points, while Brandon Boyd delivered eight points for the Wildcats.
Indian Creek 54, Edison 27
Indian Creek 15-24-7-8 – 54
Edison 7-7-12-1 – 27
INDIAN CREEK (3-3): Lucas 1 0-1 2; Allen 0 2-2 2; Norris 2 0-0 4; Eakle 8 1-1 17; Yaich 2 6-8 10; Judson 3 4-7 10; Crawford 2 0-0 5; Robinson 0 0-0 0; Fante 0 0-0 0; Pugh 0 0-0 0; Waggoner 2 0-2 4. TOTALS: 20 13-21 54.
EDISON (1-4): Sinicropi 1 0-0 2; Clifton 0 0-0 0; Boyd 1 1-2 3; Easter 1 0-0 2; Schmitz 5 3-4 13; Kinney 1 1-2 3; Mayle 0 0-0 0; McKee 0 0-0 0; Sanders 0 0-0 0; McBane 1 1-4 3; Pugh 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 10 7-14 27.
3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek 1 (Crawford 1); Edison none. REBOUNDS: Indian Creek 27 (Eakle 9); Edison 15 (Easter 4, Schmitz 4). TURNOVERS: Indian Creek 17; Edison 19.