The Edinburgh boys basketball team is ranked No. 2 in the state for a reason.
“They’re big and strong,” Trinity Lutheran coach Brad Dickey said Tuesday night when the Lancers visited Bollinger Athletic Complex and left with a 54-44 win.
“They can spread the floor offensively and defensively,” Dickey added. “It’s hard to find spaces against their zone, and they’re physical enough to play man-to-man.”
The game was close until the final three minutes. Trinity’s Jacob Sabotin pulled down an offensive rebound and put the ball in the basket to cut the Lancers’ lead to 44-42 with 2:50 remaining.
The Cougars (8-12) then had three straight possessions without scoring and that allowed the Lancers to go on a 6-0 run to lead 50-42 with 1:15 to go.
Edinburgh took a 38-32 lead into the fourth period, and after scoring the first two points of the fourth period, the Cougars rallied to cut Edinburgh’s lead to 40-37 on a rebound basket by Mitchell Hackman with 6:20 remaining.
Going into the game Dickey was concerned about Edinburgh’s pressure defense and what affect it would have on the Trinity ball handlers.
The answer: it forced Trinity into eight turnovers in the first period, limiting the home team to 10 field goal attempts in the period, and Edinburgh held a 14-11 lead.
Trinity finished with 18 turnovers to seven for Edinburgh.
The Cougars limited their turnovers to two in the second period, and Hackman hit a 3-pointer and had five points in the period to keep the Cougars lose at 22-20 at the half.
Trinity came out strong at the beginning of the third period, going on a 10-6 run and Hackman’s steal and layup gave the Cougars their final lead at 30-28 with 3:25 on the clock.
Hackman topped the Cougars with 16 points and Sabotin scored 10. Sage Broughton had 10 rebounds.
Caleb Dewey topped the Lancers (17-2) with 21 points, one below his average. Jarrett Turner was next for the Lancers with 13 points.
The contest began a busy week for the Cougars as they will travel to Rock Creek Academy on Friday and will host Madison Saturday night.
Trinity will close its regular season Monday night at Rising Sun.