Edison made full use of a big run to open the third period, as the Chargers erased a seven-point halftime deficit and went on to post a 48-45 victory over New London in the season tipoff for both boys’ basketball teams Friday night.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 17-10 first quarter lead, and the teams battled to a 12-12 second quarter deadlock as the visitors held a 29-22 advantage at the intermission.
Things swung Edison’s way in the third stanza during a 20-2 run.
Sophomore Keegan Hall sparked the Charger comeback, scoring 10 points in his team’s 20-2 run, and the hosts took a 42-33 lead at the third break.
New London crept back into the contest in the final frame, outscoring Edison 12-6.
The score was stuck at 47-45 for nearly three minutes, with both teams missing key one and one foul shooting situations.
The Wildcats had several good looks, but could not get any shots to fall. Clay Goodwin hit the front end of a one and one with 3.8 remaining to seal the Edison win.
“The kids responded very well tonight,” siad Edison coach Kyle Hammond, who was making his debut as the Charger varsity coach.
“The team played hard the entire game. We had a few kids get into foul trouble, but other kids came in and stepped right up,’’ he added. “Coming out after the half, we wanted to get the ball inside and to penetrate.”
Edison showed good balance offensively.
Hall led the way with 13 points, while Clay Goodwin added 10 and Moyer and Luke Frankboner scored eight points apiece. Frankboner also pulled down eight rebounds.
Derek Phillips paced New London with 12 points, while Nick Thomas added nine.
“Give my kids credit, they didn’t quit,” Wildcats coach Tom Howell said. “We took some good shots that we will make next time. We are going to be ok, we just have to get the unforced errors fixed.”
Howell agreed that the third quarter did his team in.
“That killed us. They came out with more fire than we did,’’ he said. “Their guards took over and we didn’t get back on defense.”
In reserve action, the Chargers claimed a 39-25 win.
Edison outscored the visitors 25-12 in the second half to aid in the victory.
Noah Plue led the Chargers with 13 points, while Bryce Ostheimer added 11.
Ryan Lane had nine points for the Wildcats.
Both teams return to action Friday night.
Edison (1-0) plays at Perkins, while New London plays at Plymouth.
We have a tough game coming up,” Hammond said. “Hopefully we can continue to do the same things.”