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Creek’s hard work pays off with big win

BLOCKING — Edison’s Gage Cline blocks a shot from Indian Creek’s Michael Kuczykowski on Friday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

RICHMOND — After a grueling week of playing hard but not getting the results, Indian Creek ended the week in style Friday night.

The Redskins, who were playing their fourth game in five nights, got off to a fast start and did not look back, pulling away for a 63-36 win on the road over rival Edison.

“We’ve been playing hard all week,” Indian Creek head coach Joe Dunlevy said. “It’s good to get a win, it makes you feel like what you’re doing is the right thing. In the other three games, they played just as hard and showed a lot of heart.

“It’s always nice when you get a W because you tell them they’re doing the right things and they’re playing hard, and they are. But, when you get a win, it just makes you feel better.”

Isaiah Vandine, who was playing for the just the second time this week, came off the bench to lead the Redskins (2-6) with 19 points and 17 rebounds. He played a big role in Indian Creek opening up a 22-point halftime lead with a double-double in the first two quarters alone, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 boards.

“Isaiah was not able to play Monday or Tuesday, so he is kind of rounding back into shape,” Dunlevy said. “He’s our leading scorer and leading rebounder. It was nice to have him back the last two nights.”

The Redskins scored the first 11 points, led 17-5 after one and held the Wildcats (1-6) to just nine points in the first half.

“It was a typical Indian Creek team. They were up in our face defensively, and they came out just ready to go,” Edison head coach Nate Moses said. “They were ready to go and we weren’t. If you go back to the first quarter, it was like we were shell shocked because they were playing hard. It just makes no sense to me why we can’t match that intensity.

“On a positive note, I thought in the second half our intensity went up, but at that point you’re just not going to be able to come back against a good defensive team like Indian Creek.”

Indian Creek’s pressure and size advantage made things tough for Edison all game long, forcing the Wildcats into 22 turnovers, while the Redskins out-rebounded Edison 32-17.

“It’s hard for Edison to match size inside, so we were able to do some good things there,” Dunlevy said. “That’s pretty much how we try play every night, play as hard as we can. We want to play good defense. Sometimes when you make mistakes in other facets of the game, the fact that you’re playing good defense doesn’t show up in a box score. Our half court defense is playing pretty well, we’re getting better and we’re working real hard.”

Complimenting Vandine’s performance were Hunter Rothacker with 12 points and four boards, and Logan Schaffer with 10 points and a game-high four assists.

“I was impressed with Rothacker and Vandine down low,” Moses said. “(Dunlevy) is kind of in the same boat we are. He’s playing a lot of young kids, and we are, too. I just thought their kids were more ready to play, and that always comes back on me. I have to figure out how to get these guys to start a game and get after it early.”

Edison was led by Brayden Moses’s 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Gage Cline and Isaac Zastidil added six points each, but there were no moral victories for individual performances for coach Moses.

“The individual stuff really doesn’t matter,” he said. “We need to shore some things up, especially on the defensive end. Our defense right now is not good, our rotations are slow, the boxing out is not there, we’re not pressuring the ball. You can’t look at one aspect of our defense and take anything positive from it.”

PICKING UP THE PACE

While the Redskins played four times in five nights this week, they played just four times in the previous 42 days with COVID quarantines and the ever-changing schedule keeping them off the court.

JV ACTION

Indian Creek also pulled away in the two-quarter jayvee contest, 29-10. Lucca Morelli led the Redskins with 10 points, while Deacon Rawson tallied six points for the Wildcats.

UP NEXT

Indian Creek: Tentatively welcomes Beaver Local on Tuesday.

Edison: Tentatively travels to Catholic Central on Tuesday.

Indian Creek 63, Edison 36

Creek 17 14 14 18 – 63

Edison 5 4 10 17 – 36

INDIAN CREEK (2-6): Francis 0 0-0 0; L. Kuczykowski 2 2-2 6; Williams 0 0-0 0; Schaffer 4 2-4 10; Ruthacker 3 6-7 12; M. Kuczykowski 2 0-0 5; Morelli 2 0-0 4; Vandeborne 1 0-0 2; Pownell 0 0-0 0; Vandine 8 3-3 19; Smith 0 0-0 0; Freshwater 0 4-6 4; Tweedy 0 1-2 1. TOTALS: 22, 17-24; 63.

EDISON (1-6): McBane 2 0-0 4; Howell 2 0-0 4; Moses 5 5-8 16; Cline 3 0-0 6; Zastidil 2 1-2 6; Lancaster 0 0-0 0; Miller 0 0-2 0; Wedlake 0 0-0 0; Grimes 0 0-0 0; Board 0 0-0 0; Coil 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 12, 6-14; 36.

3-POINT GOALS: Indian Creek 1 (M. Kuczykowski); Edison 2 (Moses, Zastidil). ASSISTS: Indian Creek 13 (Schaffer 4); Edison 8 (Moses 3). REBOUNDS: Indian Creek 32 (Vandine 17); Edison 17 (Moses 6). TURNOVERS: Indian Creek 12; Edison 22.

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