Pirates top Edison, remain undefeated in SBC

Williams leads Perkins past Chargers
Sarah Baker
Jan 21, 2014

After clawing back to within one point of the Sandusky Bay Conference leaders at halftime, Edison lost its biggest offensive and defensive threat for the second half Monday, and wasn't able to come up with an upset over Perkins.

Senior center Luke Frankboner sparked the Chargers' comeback before leaving the game in the final minutes of the second quarter with what appeared to be an ankle injury. 

The Pirates (11-2, 9-0) went on to outscore Edison 17-9 in the third quarter and 20-9 in the fourth to come away with the 59-39 victory and remain undefeated at the top of the SBC.

"Perkins is a really good team," Edison coach Kyle Hammond said. "They play really hard and Nic Williams is (SBC) Player of the Year the last two years for a reason." 

After trailing 15-9 after the first quarter, Edison (7-5, 3-4) closed out the second quarter on a 10-2 run to trail Perkins 22-21 going into halftime.

"It's weird on a Monday night, a long weekend, sloppy," Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. "Second half, I thought we picked up intensity, and defensively we did a lot more. We wanted to make them play too fast, which I think we sped them up second half, created some turnovers, got some points off the defense which was good."

Frankboner converted a pair of free throws at the 4:32 mark to start the second quarter run. Chris Laughlin added a layup a minute later to cut Perkins lead to 20-15. The Pirates found Kyle Lewis under the basket to go back up 22-15, but Frankboner threw down a dunk on the ensuing play and Edison closed out the quarter with a 6-0 run as Keegan Hall hit one of two from the line and Owen Moyer added a 3-pointer to pull within one. 

The Chargers' 6-foot-8 center appeared to sustain his injury transitioning to defense after his dunk. 

"Luke is just a big part of our team," Hammond said. "Defensively, he really occupies space in the middle and rebounding, we lost a lot of rebounding, and he was playing pretty well in the first half."

He added that they don't know the extent of his injury immediately following the game.

"Yeah, I'm sure that hurt them," McVeigh said of Edison losing Frankboner. "He was playing a lot of time for them. He's a presence inside for them, so I think that definitely hurt them a little bit."

Perkins opened the second half with a pair of 7-0 runs on either side of a Robert Morton bucket, to take a 36-23 lead three minutes into the third quarter.

Nic Williams started off the Pirates' first run with a perfect effort at the charity stripe 35 seconds into the quarter. Lewis added a bucket less than 20 seconds later, and Williams came up with an old-fashioned three-point play three seconds later as Edison turned over its inbounds pass, to put the Pirates up 29-21 less than one minute into the half.

Morton's bucket at 6:22 pulled Edison within six points, 29-23, but Chase Green and Williams came up with another seven straight points to pull back away by 13.

Green scored at the 6:09 mark and added one of two at the line on the next play to pull the Pirates ahead 32-23, then Williams and Green put away back-to-back buckets to go up by 13 with just under five minutes remaining in the half.

While Edison closed out the quarter with a 7-3 run to pull back within nine, 39-30, it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit as the Pirates opened the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run.

The Chargers never got close again.

Lewis opened the fourth quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play less than 30 seconds in, then Matt Schweinfurth added a basket one minute later to go up 44-30.

Edison's Clay Goodwin converted one of two at the line, but Lewis came back with five straight points for the Pirates with another three-point play and a pair of free throws to give Perkins an 18-point lead with 5:30 to go.

Laughlin led the Chargers with 10 points, while added Frankboner eight from the first half.

"Defensively, we held them to 39 points, so we're happy with that, and it's another league win," said McVeigh. 

Williams led Perkins with 20 points, while Lewis added 18 and Green had 11.

Both teams return to action with SBC games next up, as Edison faces back-to-back games against Margaretta (6-6. 3-4) on Thursday and Saturday, and Perkins travels to Clyde (8-2, 5-2) on Saturday.