Edison boys escape in double overtime

RICHMOND — It was an OVAC consolation game, but it finished like the outcome meant the conference championship as Edison finally put the game with visiting Bridgeport away in the second overtime by a score of 72-69.

The lead went back and forth several times before the regulation game ended in a 56-56 draw. Then Bridgeport had to come from behind to send the game to the second OT at 61-61. The Wildcats controlled the scoring in the second overtime to come away with their sixth win in 19 games.

With senior Macrea Doyle scoring 11 of his team-high 25 points in the second quarter, the Bulldogs led 28-21 at the intermission and went on to take a 40-37 lead into the final eight minutes.

“It seemed like we got off to a slow start,” Wildcat coach Nate Moses said. “We haven’t played since the Feb. 6 game with Weir and it seems like we are the type of team that plays better when we play games without a long break between them.

“Give Bridgeport a lot of credit and give our guys a lot of credit. That was a good basketball game. I thought both teams had opportunities to put the game away. We were fortunate to win it with three guys fouling out. It wasn’t the cleanest game in the world but both sides played hard. I tell our guys if you play hard good things will happen.

“We missed a lot of layups and close shots. If we make our share of those, especially in the first half, that game is never that close. It is not like we don’t work on them. We spend a lot of time in practice working on layups. We’ll just continue to work on it and try to get better.”

The game was tied at 65-65 with 2:07 left in the second overtime when Edison’s lone senior, Connor Hyndman, who is coming off an injury that cost him several games, made a layup and grabbed a key rebound on Bridgeport’s possession. With 33 seconds left, Hyndman sank two free throws to give Edison a 69-65 lead.

Following another Bridgeport miss, Edison sophomore Alec McBane made the second of two freebies to give the Wildcats a five point lead at 70-65 with 22 ticks left on the clock. Doyle Manix spun to the basket to reduce the lead to three, but Edison junior, Anthony Sinicroppi, who made 5 three-pointers in the game, went to the line and made two foul shots to get the lead back to five at 72-67.

Bulldog junior Trevor Ray drove the lane for an uncontested basket with five seconds left to end the scoring.

“Their kids played hard and our kids played hard,” said veteran Bulldog coach Don Cash, whose club now is 8-12. “Both teams left it all out on the floor tonight. We don’t have to be perfect from the foul line but when you make 18-of-34 and you lose by three it makes you wonder what could have happened if we made four or five more. We might have won in regulation.

“But I’m proud of them. We’ve come a long way. We were on a four-game winning streak, but I don’t feel like we took a step backwards tonight. I’m proud of the kids. We have a home game Friday against Southern Local in another OVAC consolation game then we play at home again Feb. 27 against Bellaire in the sectionals.”

Doyle, who Cash said averages about 20 points a game, led all scorers with 25 points. Ray came of the bench last night and followed closely with 24 points and Doyle Manix added 14 for the Bulldogs.

With his five 3-pointers, Sinicropi a quartet of Wildcats in double figures with 19 points. Isaac Schmitz followed with 17 points and Handyman earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mbabane had three from behind the arc and finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds while Junior Andrew Kinney worked hard inside and finished with 10 rebounds and 6 points.

Edison will travel to John Marshall Friday for the second OVAC consolation game and then returns home next Tuesday hosting Steuben Big Red in the season finale.

Edison 72, Bridgeport 69 (2OT)

Bridgeport 12-16-12-16-5-8 — 69

Edison 10-11-16-19-5-11 — 72

BRIDGEPORT (9-12): Ray 8 8-13 24; Gregarious 1 0-0 2; McCray 10 4-7 25; Simmons 0 1-2 1; Mani 5 4-9 14; Stark 0 1-3 1; Allen 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 25 18-34 69. Three-pointers: 1 (McCray); Rebounds: 33 (McCray 8); Turnovers: 10.

EDISON (6-13): Cropping 6 2-2 19; Easter 1 0-0 2; Handyman 6 4-7 16; Schlitz 5 6-6 17; Kinney 3 0-1 6; Mbabane 3 3-4 12. TOTALS: 24 15-20 72. Three-pointers: 9 (Cropping 5, Mbabane 3, Schlitz); Rebounds: 42 (Kinney 10, Handyman 10); Turnovers 17.