Big Red rolls over Wildcats, 76-51
RICHMOND — The second quarter told the story.
The Steubenville boys basketball team outscored Edison by 11, and the Wildcats committed 12 turnovers in the quarter, leading to several easy baskets as Big Red raced past Edison, 76-51, Tuesday night.
“In the first half, before we stopped turning the ball over, we were 4 for 15 from the 3-point line, and we scored 36 points,” Big Red (11-9) head coach Mike Haney said. “We attempted just two 3s in the second half, and we scored 40 points. We talk to them about just because you are open from 3, it does not mean you have to shoot it. We want them to attack the zone. We want them to attack, attack, attack and get better shots.
“In the second quarter, we went to a 2-1-2 press. We were able to force some turnovers, and we were able to get some easy baskets. We fouled too much in the first half. We had six at the end of one, and we probably had 12 at the end of the first half. That is what we focused on the most. We wanted to force them to score in their half-court sets and not at the foul line. We put them there too much. They were 6 of 8 from the line.”
Big Red’s big second quarter turned a three-point lead into a 16-point advantage in the second and a 14-point lead at halftime.
“We played a good, athletic team in Steubenville,” Edison (5-17) head coach Nate Moses said. “We understand when you play an athletic team like that, the athleticism is going to tilt their way. I am real proud of how we came out tonight. Again, we played with a lot of emotion early and often.”
Big Red was lethal out in transition, as the visitors scored many baskets on fast breaks to extend their advantage. Edison committed 27 turnovers overall.
“We have been known for years for getting after it,” Haney said. “We have had trouble with our press and creating turnovers and scoring off of those turnovers. We were able to do that tonight. Hopefully, that carries over into the John Marshall game Friday and then our tournament game Tuesday.”
Big Red had a balanced attack offensively, as five players produced at least eight points in the victory. Chase Zimmerman scored a game-high 22 points — many coming on layups — to lead the way. Quinn McCoy collected a double-double with 15 points and pa team-high 10 rebounds. Micah Krause recorded 11 points, and Trillyun Jones tallied 10. Nasari Jackson added eight points.
Three players ended up scoring at least nine points for Edison. Alec McBane netted a team-high 17 points. Noah Woods delivered a double-double by scoring 12 points and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds. Jayden Sanders added nine points.
Big Red tallied the first four points of the game but a 3-pointer by Brayden Moses gave the Wildcats a 6-4 lead. However, it did not last long, as Jones answered with a 3 to regain the lead for the victors. Big Red led, 11-8, at the end of the first quarter.
Steubenville gained control of the game after that. After a 3-pointer by Sanders knotted the score at 13, Big Red ripped off an 11-2 run that was capped off by a Krause 3-pointer. Big Red outscored the Wildcats, 25-14, in the quarter and took a 36-22 halftime lead.
Big Red extended its advantage in the third, as the winners outscored the hosts, 17-14, to take a 53-36 lead into the fourth.
“We battled at both ends,” coach Moses said. “At times in the game, we scored right with them. Going against an athletic team like that, I am so proud of our kids. I am really proud of their effort. It was more than effort, it was the emotion they played with. We understand you don’t like to lose, but we also understand that we are feeling better and that we have gotten better.”
The Wildcats ran out of gas in the fourth, enabling Big Red to run away with the game. Steubenville led by as many as 27 points (66-39) in the final stanza.
Big Red outrebounded Edison, 34-29.
Steubenville: Travels to John Marshall for an OVAC consolation pool play game on Friday. The JV game is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.
“They have nice size,” Haney said about the Monarchs. “We talked about doing a better job of boxing out and putting a body on a body instead of jumping over people’s backs and getting fouls. Not having Calvin (Bickerstaff) and Zion (Sawyer) hurts.”
Big Red then will play Cambridge at 7 p.m. Tuesday at home in a Division II Eastern District sectional semifinal. Big Red is the No. 5 seed in the tournament, while the Bobcats are ninth. The winner of that game will play No. 8 seed Carrollton in a sectional co-final at 7 p.m. Feb. 29 at the higher seed’s floor.
Big Red defeated Cambridge, 70-60, Dec. 13 on the road.
Edison: Travels to play Tuscarawas Valley in a Division III Eastern District sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Trojans are the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while the Wildcats are 15th.
“The break is good and bad,” coach Moses said. “It will give us an opportunity to have a day off. It will give us the opportunity to watch film. We are going to play a really good Tusky Valley team. We are excited about our season continuing. We are going to give everything we have got.”
Steubenville 76, Edison 51
Steubenville 11-25-17-23 — 76
Edison 8-14-14-15 — 51
STEUBENVILLE (11-9): Kernahan 2 0-2 4; Jones 4 0-0 10; Gresko 0 0-0 0; Zimmerman 11 0-0 22; Krause 4 1-2 11; Wickham 1 0-0 2; Rook 2 0-0 4; Jackson 4 0-1 8; McCoy 6 3-4 15. TOTALS: 34, 4-10: 76.
EDISON (5-17): Woods 3 5-7 12; Mayle 2 1-2 5; Connelly 0 0-0 0; Jackson 0 0-0 0; Sanders 3 1-2 9; Coil 0 0-0 0; Moses 2 0-1 6; Cline 1 0-0 2; McBane 8 1-3 17. TOTALS: 19, 8-15: 51.
3-POINTERS: Steubenville 4 (Jones 2, Krause 2); Edison 5 (Sanders 2, Moses 2, Woods). REBOUNDS: Steubenville 34 (McCoy 10); Edison 29 (Woods 16). TURNOVERS: Steubenville 11; Edison 27.