Edison defeats Riders

RICHMOND – It’s not a mark that will go down in school history or put a trophy in the display case.

But the sixth win for the Edison boys basketball team will be remembered moving forward.

“That’s a positive,” Wildcats coach Nate Moses said after his team’s 67-52 victory over Weir on Saturday. “We’re going in the right direction.”

Edison doubled its win totaled from a year ago when it only beat Bellaire, Toronto and Weir.

“Six wins is better than three wins, for sure,” said junior guard Erik Lee. “It’s not where we want to be and it’s not where we could be. We’re capable of being better.”

Tightening up on the defensive side allowed the Wildcats (6-11) to create 14 turnovers and secure the win which capped off a fourth game in the last six days.

“They’re kids,” Moses said. “They could handle it.”

Edison also beat Buckeye Local, this week, but fell to St. Clairsville and Indian Creek.

“It was a real tough week,” Lee said, “but we got through it.”

Friday’s 48-42 loss to the rival Redskins proved to be a talking point for the Wildcats. Bouncing back was a main priority.

“It was a physical game against Creek,” Lee said. “We had to come back here and play harder.

“We came out in the second half and picked it up defensively. We got some stops and did well on offense.”

Weir (1-10) led for most of the first quarter, but the Wildcats took a 17-14 lead after the first eight minutes. They held on for a 36-34 advantage at halftime.

“I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half of taking the ball to the basket,” said Red Riders coach Mike Granato. “We were able to get some transition baskets.

“They were pumped up. They’re a good group of guys and I want them to get some payback for their hard work. We have to improve and we certainly improved tonight.”

Edison led by four points for a stretch early in the third quarter. Weir had chances to close the gap on three different possessions. However, they resulted in a turnover and two missed lay ups.

In turn, the Wildcats capitalized on the miscues and converted them to points on the opposite end. At the 2:23 mark, Lee stole a pass in the paint and drove down for a lay up, where he was fouled. The successful and-1 conversion made it 45-38.

A Skylar Wilkin 3-pointer capped a 12-2 run for Edison before leading 49-42 after three quarters. Mike Curtis scored all eight of the Red Riders’ third quarter points. He finished with 14.

Lee scored 14 points, while Wilkin added 11.

A Lee assist to Austin Horan at the 6:20 mark of the fourth gave the Wildcats their first double-digit lead at 53-42. They reached the 60-point mark on another Wilkin 3-pointer at the 3:40 mark of the fourth, making the score 60-46.

Horan finished with 13 points, while Dylan Jones and Joey Nave had eight. Bryce Piatt and Josh Woika scored seven and six, respectively.

“It all comes down to playing defense for us,” Moses said. “When we play defense, we’re a pretty good basketball team. Consistency is the key. We have to find a way to play more consistent.”

Chris Wood added eight points for Weir, while Vince Gaudio had seven. Mitch Viakley, Kody Knight and Chris Enrietti each scored six points.

The teams will meet up again on Wednesday in Weirton as a makeup for the snowed-out contest on Jan. 25. First, Edison plays at Harrison Central on Tuesday.