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Wellsville’s pressure too much for Edison

RICHMOND — Wellsville’s pressure defense made the difference against Edison.

The Edison boys basketball team committed 30 turnovers, and Wellsville converted many of them into easy baskets on the other end as the Tigers rolled past the Wildcats, 80-30, Saturday night on the road in the season opener for both teams.

“We played great defense,” Wellsville (1-0) head coach Bug Thompson said. “We wanted to put pressure on them, and we did. We tried to get out and run.”

Sparked by a big second quarter, Wellsville led 44-13 at halftime.

“It was not the start we wanted,” first-year Edison (0-1) head coach Jeremy Matics said. “We got sped up in the second quarter. They put pressure on us. Things just did not go our way.”

TheTigers outscored the hosts, 28-7, in the second to break the game wide open.

The Wildcats committed 21 turnovers in the first half.

“We try to get out and run,” Thompson said. “That is our game plan. Your best offense is a good defense.”

Wildcats were held to single digits in each of the first three quarters, while the visitors scored at least 14 points in all four quarters.

“They didn’t really do anything unexpected,” Matics said. “In the first quarter, we stuck with our game plan. Then, we got sped up in the second quarter, and we fell apart.”

Wellsville was balanced offensively as five players scored in double digits. Individually, Jaxon Brewer recorded a team-high 19 points to lead the way, Eddie Stock collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Gavin Koontz contributed 17 points. Also, Isaiah Greathouse finished with 15 points, and Tyrell Watkins chipped in with 14.

Brewer also dished out seven assists, while adding five steals. Greathouse produced five assists and seven steal.

“We knew we were more athletic than they were, and it showed,” Thompson said.

Tremendous West tallied a team-high 12 points to lead the way for the Wildcats, while Kaden Miller delivered eight and Dakota Coil added six points.

West and Coil each grabbed four rebounds.

“This is (Matics) first year, and he has a lot of work to do,” Thompson said. “They didn’t have some kids come out, and that doesn’t help matters.”

The Tigers led 16-6 after the first quarter.

“We know they like to get out and run,” Matics said. “Our goal was to slow them down and run our offense. I give credit to our guys. We were able to do that in the first quarter, but then they pressured us and they were able to get some easy baskets.”

The Tigers led 58-19 entering the fourth.

“We played well,” Thompson said. “We had one freshman starting. Tyrell Watkins is a freshman, and he played well.”

Wellsville won the jayvee game, 24-6. The game was two quarters long.

Edison is scheduled to play Tuesday at home against Buckeye 8 North Division opponent East Liverpool.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” Matics said.

Wellsville is slated to play United Friday night on the road.

“We got to play, and now we get a break,” Thompson said. “We get a chance to go over some stuff. We made some mistakes. We made some passes we didn’t need to make. We have time to work on those things. We will have a chance to watch the film. I will get a chance to watch United play on Tuesday.”

Wellsville 80, Edison 30

Wellsville 16-28-14-22 – 80

Edison 6-7-6-11 – 30

WELLSVILLE (1-0): Stock 6 0-2 13, Brewer 7 5-6 19, Heffner 0 0-0 0, Greathouse 6 3-4 15, Douglas 1 0-0 2, Watkins 7 0-0 14, Koontz 7 0-0 17, K. Ramey 0 0-0 0, D. Ramsey 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 34 8-12 80.

EDISON (0-1): West 5 1-2 12, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Miller 3 0-0 8, Watson 1 0-0 2, Rawson 0 0-0 0, Petrey 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Daugherty 0 0-0 0, Scaffidi 0 0-0 0, Peeraprasompong 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Dinger 0 0-0 0, Coil 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 13 1-2 30

3-POINTERS: Wellsville 4 (Koontz 3, Stock); Edison 3 (Miller 2, West). REBOUNDS: Wellsville 26 (Brewer 10); Edison 15 (West 4, Coil 4). TURNOVERS: Wellsville 14; Edison 30.

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