Crusaders cruise past Edison, prep for Big Red
STEUBENVILLE — Come Friday night, the Catholic Central boys basketball team will see where it stands as the season winds down.
If the Crusaders play like they did against Edison Tuesday night, anything can happen against Big Red.
On Tuesday, the game essentially was over before the first quarter concluded. Catholic Central rode a 25-point lead after the initial eight minutes all the way for a 69-28 victory.
In that opening frame, the Crusaders (5-2) outscored the Wildcats (1-6), 28-3, forced seven turnovers and committed none. Also, Charles Miller scored 17 of his game-high 24 points, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to all but seal the deal.
However, the biggest stat was that Catholic Central collected eight assists (17 overall).
“What impressed me was unselfish passing. Guys were in position to score, but they looked to their teammate that was in better position. That’s what impressed me the most offensively,” CCHS head coach Don Ogden said.
On defense, it obviously was the pressure and forcing 18 total turnovers that made Ogden smile. He did, though, have to calm his team down following a 12-12 second quarter when Edison only coughed the ball up once.
“A big reason for that second quarter was because we didn’t rebound,” Ogden said. “I thought we got a little bit helter skelter, and that happens psychologically sometimes. We got a couple of steals, then we wanted to steal on every possession. We got into foul trouble in the first half because of that.
“If there’s one thing I’m really proud of, it was stopping (Gage Cline) and denying him the ball. And, he’s going to be a good one. Without that, who knows what he would have done.”
Each squad collected 36 total rebounds. The Crusaders improved on that in the second half and, along with eight more turnovers, paved the way for a 21-8 third quarter and a 61-23 advantage.
“Our two biggest weaknesses are turning the ball over and not rebounding. When you turn the ball over, no matter what sport or what type of game it is, and give the other team that many opportunities, they’re going to beat you,” Edison head coach Nate Moses said. “It continues to be a big problem that we have to get better in.”
Anthony Venditti finished with 13 points for Catholic Central. Toby Lesnefsky had nine points and six boards. Vince Carapellotti collected eight points, four rebounds and five assists. Andrew Dorsey chipped in seven points, four rebounds and three dimes.
For the Wildcats, Cline produced 12 points and 12 rebounds. Brayden Moses had two points and six rebounds. Isaac Zastidill added six points, four boards and two assists.
“It was every aspect of the game,” coach Moses said on where the problem stemmed from. “They wanted it, and we didn’t. They played with intensity. In the last few games to start the game, we’ve been really low, and this is what happens. There’s no doubt I have to do a better job and get this fixed.”
Catholic Central also won the jayvee contest, 31-27. Evan Long paced the Crusaders with 14 points. Edison’s Kaden Miller had a dozen.
Edison: Tentatively travels to Beaver Local on Friday.
CCHS: Tentatively travels to Steubenville on Friday. Big Red won, 86-55, in the season opener on Dec. 4.
“That’s a spot on our schedule for a reality check,” Ogden said. “They’re really hot right now and one of best teams in the area. We’re going to have a huge task in competing and matching up with them. It’ll be a good gage to see how far we’ve come from the first game against them to Friday.”
Catholic Central 69, Edison 28
Edison 3 12 8 5 — 28
Central 28 12 21 8 — 69
EDISON (1-6): Howell 1 0-0 3; Moses 0 2-4 2; Cline 4 4-8 12; Board 1 0-0 3; Zastidill 4 2-4 6; McBane 0 0-0 0; Miller 1 0-0 2; Wedlake 0 0-0 0; Coil 0 0-0 0; Grimes 0 0-0 0; Lancaster 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 9, 8-16: 28.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL (5-2): Miler 10 2-3 24; Dorsey 2 2-4 7; Carapellotti 4 0-1 8; Lesnefsky 4 1-2 9; Gorman 1 0-0 2; Venditti 4 3-4 13; Hough 0 0-0 0; Harris 1 1-3 3; Bolster 0 0-0 0; Bradley 1 0-0 2; Provost 0 0-0 0; Petrella 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 27, 10-19: 69.
3-POINT GOALS: Edison 2 (Howell, Board); Catholic Central 5 (Miller 2, Dorsey, Venditti 2). REBOUNDS: Edison 36 (Cline 12); Catholic Central 36 (Lesnefsky 6). ASSISTS: Edison 5 (Zastidill 2); Catholic Central 17 (Carapellotti 5). TURNOVERS: Edison 18; Catholic Central 4.