MILAN — Saturday’s Western Reserve at Edison boys’ basketball game went down-to-the-wire.
In the end, the Chargers came away with a 47-45 non-league win.
Edison improved to 10-10 and host Huron Tuesday in Sandusky Bay Conference action.
The Roughriders fell to 9-10 and travel to New London Wednesday for a Firelands Conference matchup.
In Saturday’s game, two free throws from Edison’s Chris Laughlin with 1.7 seconds to play was the deciding factor.
“It was a physical game that both teams deserved to win,” Edison coach Kyle Hammond said. “We just had a senior step up and hit two big shots at the end.”
Trailing 43-39, Edison’s Keegan Hall scored five straight points midway through the fourth quarter to put the Chargers up 44-43.
In the final sequence, Western Reserve’s Aaron Logan was called for a foul underneath the basket while battling for a rebound to set up Laughlin for the game-winning free throws.
The game was close throughout.
The Chargers led 13-11 after the first quarter and 22-18 at halftime.
Western managed to tie the game at 33-33 after three quarters.
Despite the loss, Western Reserve coach Chris Sheldon was encouraged after the game.
"I thought we played with a tremendous sense of urgency tonight,’’ Roughriders coach Chris Sheldon said. “We did a great job of covering up shooters, and making them struggle at the offensive end.
“To win last night (Friday 60-54 over Crestview) and should’ve won tonight, that’s a huge step in the right direction for our team,’’ he added. “To do that without your best player, at this time of year makes me proud of my kids.”
Western’s Dakota Hankins had 14 points and six rebounds, while Jacob Sapienza had eight points. Nate Good sat out with an injury.
For the Chargers, Clay Goodwin scored a game-high 18 points, while Laughlin and Hall each added nine.
Seniors Chris Smith, Chris Laughlin, and Luke Frankboner enjoyed festivities of Senior night and their last home basketball game on Saturday.
Laughlin had nine points and five rebounds, while Chris Smith scored three points.
Luke Frankboner is out with a foot injury.
“Their leadership and work ethic this year has been awesome,” said Hammond of his seniors.
In reserve action, Edison used a 19-5 run to change an 8-2 deficit into a 21-13 halftime lead.
Tyler Scott had 10 of his 12 points in the third quarter to seal a 47-38 victory for the Chargers. Bryce Ostheimer scored 10 points in the win.
Western’s Tyler Bartlett scored 11 points, including three threes. James Ashe posted eight points.
Western Reserve 45
Logan 1-4-6; Hankins 5-4-14; Sapienza 2-2-8; Stump 3-0-6; Robson 2-0-4; Croft 1-5-7. Totals: 14-15-45.
Hall 4-0—9; Goodwin 7-2-18; Laughlin 2-4-9; Moyer 3-0-7; Smith 1-13; Wolf 0-11. Totals: 17-8-47.
Score by quarter
W.R. 11 7 15 12 — 45
Edison 13 9 11 14 — 47
Reserve: Edison, 47-38