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Jets spoil Edison’s senior night

RICHMOND — Edison was game, but Union Local pulled away late.

The Wildcats were within striking distance of the Jets for most of the game, but a late run proved to be the difference, as the Union Local boys basketball team came away with a 62-48 victory Saturday on the road to spoil Edison’s senior night.

“I was real happy with our seniors’ efforts,” Edison (4-12) head coach Nate Moses said. “They are a good group of kids. They came ready to play. We made some mistakes, and you can’t do that against a good team like Union Local that has five guys on the floor who can all shoot. I thought we did a good job in the first half of running them off of the 3-point line, but in the second half they knocked down their shots.”

Union Local outscored Edison 11-2 in the final 2:10, with nine of those points coming from the free-throw line.

“Our kids grinded it out at the end,” Union Local (10-5) head coach Zach Delman said. “We did not play our best game of basketball. Edison is a tough place to play. It is a small gym. It is a loud environment. Our kids played hard. They did what they had to do in the final minutes of the game. They kept their composure and poise under pressure.”

Union Local led for the majority of the game, but the outcome was in doubt with a few minutes left to play.

“The final score is not a true indication of how the game went,” Moses said. “They got a cheap bucket. When you are down, you have to foul. You have to give them credit, they made their free throws.”

The Jets outscored the Wildcats by 15 at the foul line and by nine from beyond the arc. Union Local made 17 of 29 attempts from the charity stripe, while Edison went 2 for 6. The visitors made seven 3-pointers, while the hosts had four.

Luke Merritt was the star of the game for the Jets, as he tallied a game-high 32 points. Merritt made six of his team’s 3-pointers.

“It was a quiet 32,” Delman said. “He did not shoot well today. He usually shoots better.”

Nathan Meyer netted 15 points to help Union Local’s cause.

A trio of Wildcats scored in double digits to lead the way for the home team. Alec McBane and Andrew Pugh each tallied 13 points, while Noah Woods collected 12.

“They have got some nice kids,” Delman said. “Pugh is a nice player. He is a good shooter. He has a good floor game. We tried to limit his looks. McBane is a physical specimen. He works hard in the paint.”

Edison entered the fourth quarter down 42-38. Merritt hit a 3-pointer for the first basket of the final quarter to make it 45-38, and he then sank a pair of shots from the charity stripe to push the Jets’ lead up to nine. The Wildcats scored back-to-back baskets to pull within five points, but they never were able to get closer than five points the rest of the way.

“The thing with our kids is they play hard,” Moses said. “I am proud of their effort. We just can’t get over the hump. They shot the ball well in the second half. They hit some key shots down the stretch.”

The first quarter was a high-scoring affair, as the two teams totaled 31 points in the first eight minutes of action. Union Local led by as many as five points in the quarter before taking a 17-14 lead into the second.

A 3-pointer by Pugh tied the score at 21 in the second, and a foul shot by Woods gave the Wildcats a 22-21 lead. However, the Jets ripped off an 8-1 run to end the half, as the victors took a 29-23 lead into the locker room.

The Jets’ trap gave the Wildcats some problems in the first half. Union Local was able to force multiple turnovers as a result of its pressure.

Edison was able to get some easy baskets of its own when it was able to escape the pressure applied by the Jets.

“I thought we did a pretty good job against their pressure at times,” Moses said. “We did have some mental lapses. We did not rotate the ball, and we did not come back for the ball.”

The Wildcats continued to battle in the third quarter.

After a 3-pointer by McBane gave Edison a 30-29 lead, Merritt answered back with a 3 of his own to regain the lead for Union Local. The 3 was the first basket in a 10-2 spurt that gave the victors a 39-32 advantage, but the Wildcats once again scratched and clawed their way back into the game.

GAME NOTES

¯ Edison honored its six seniors in Alex Mayle, Logan Hanchin, Zac Fluharty, Woods, McBane and Pugh before the game.

¯ Union Local won the JV game, 29-15. Gage Cline contributed a team-high six points to lead the Wildcats.

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Union Local 62, Edison 48

Union Local 17-12-13-20 — 62

Edison 14-9-15-10 — 48

UNION LOCAL (10-5): McCort 1 0-2 2; Martin 1 1-2 3; Meyer 5 4-7 15; Loase 0 0-0 0; Merritt 9 8-11 32; M. Bateman 1 0-0 2; Porter 0 0-0 0; Z. Bateman 2 4-7 8; Lathem 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19, 17-29: 62..

EDISON (4-12): Woods 5 1-4 12; Mayle 1 0-0 2; Connelly 0 0-0 0; Saunders 0 0-0 0; Moses 0 0-0 0; Cline 0 0-0 0; Hanchin 0 0-0 0; Fluharty 4 0-0 8; McBane 6 0-0 13; Pugh 5 1-2 13. TOTALS: 21, 2-6: 48.

3-POINTERS: Union Local 7 (Merritt 6, Meyer); Edison 4 (Pugh 2, Woods, McBane).

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