Edison falls at home to Ridgewood
RICHMOND — The whistle did not blow, and the complexion of the game changed.
Trailing by two points with 21.6 seconds left, Edison got the ball inside to Alec McBane. He went up for a shot and appeared to be fouled, but the call was not made. McBane missed the shot, and the Wildcats were called for a foul a second later.
Ridgewood (12-7) went on to make three foul shots in less than seven seconds to hold for a 54-49 victory against Edison Friday night to spoil the Wildcats’ senior night.
“We were down two with 20 seconds, and we had the ball,” Edison (6-11) head coach Nate Moses said. “We got what we wanted, but we didn’t get the call. The thing is with close games is they don’t come down to one play. When you are losing games, those are the breaks you get. I really believe that. Everything we wanted happened until we didn’t get the call.”
The Wildcats trailed the Generals, 41-40, entering the fourth quarter. They tied the score on three occasions, but they were never able to get over the hump and take the lead.
Ridgewood scored four-straight points to break a 47-all tie and take a 51-47 lead. Edison pulled within 51-49, but that was as close as it got.
Anthony Sinicropi and Isaac Schmitz each scored 13 points to lead the way for the Wildcats.
Cole Cognion contributed a game-high 18 points to lead the Generals.
Edison scored the first four points of the game, but it never led after early in the first. Ridgewood took a 13-7 lead, en route to leading 15-10 at the end of the quarter.
The Generals extended their advantage out to 29-19 late in the second before the Wildcats closed to within 31-24 at halftime. Edison outscored Ridgewood, 16-10, in the third to make it a one-point game going into the fourth.
“We couldn’t get over the hump,” Moses said. “We played hard. First and foremost, these kids played hard. They got after it on both ends of the floor. I could not be more proud, especially of the seniors on senior night. We continue to be where we need to be, but we just have not finished.”
Edison is scheduled to play today at Carrollton. Ridgewood is scheduled to play Tuesday at home against Newcomerstown.
“The word I use to describe the seniors is perseverance,” Moses said. “That is what I think of when I think of this group. These kids in seventh and eighth grade did not win a game. It says a lot about them that they stayed with it and persevered. They played on some good teams in their freshman and sophomore years. Some of these kids have played in big games. They have played in an OVAC Semifinal and a Buckeye 8 Championship Game.”
¯ The Generals won the jayvee game, 58-34. Noah Woods delivered nine points to lead the Wildcats.
Ridgewood 54, Edison 49
Ridgewood 15-16-10-13 — 54
Edison 10-14-16-9 — 49
RIDGEWOOD (12-7): Tingle 1 2-4 4; Smith 2 3-4 8; Cognion 9 0-1 18; Stoffer 2 1-2 5; Patterson 3 1-2 7; Kunze 3 1-2 7; Claxon 0 0-0 0; Varian 2 0-1 5. TOTALS: 22, 7-14: 54.
EDISON (6-11): Sinicropi 4 2-2 13; Robinson 0 0-0 0; Easter 3 0-0 7; McAfoose 0 0-0 0; Schmitz 6 0-0 13; Scott 0 0-0 0; Kinney 1 0-0 3; McBane 2 0-0 4; Pugh 3 0-0 9. TOTALS: 19, 2-2 49.
3-POINT GOALS: Ridgewood 3 (Smith, Patterson, Varian); Edison 9 (Sinicropi 3, Pugh 3, Easter, Schmitz, Kinney).