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Edison, Perkins share SBC boys lead at halfway point

AnthonyMoujaes • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Edison coach Chris Ceccoli is pleased with his team's 9-1 start to the season, including a 6-1 SBC record, good for a tie with the Perkins Pirates for first place.

Margaretta is a game back of both.

The Chargers lone blemish came after it rallied from a 19-point third quarter deficit to take a 63-62 lead with six seconds left in a Dec. 22 game against Margaretta, but lost on a last-second shot by the Polar Bears Craig Galindo.

But rather than be deflated by the loss, the Chargers have responded with victories over St. Mary Central Catholic (64-55), Clyde (57-45) and Huron (61-44) to keep the momentum going.

"We try to talk to them about taking a business-like approach to each game and not letting anything phase them," Ceccoli said. "We try to get them to keep their focus off the crowd and away from things that are out of our control, and the kids have done a great job of doing that."

Edison and Perkins (9-1) play again on Jan. 21 in Perkins Twp. The Chargers won the first meeting (65-60) on Dec. 16, but Perkins has beaten Huron (54-45), Clyde (70-42), Port Clinton (65-45), Margaretta (59-51) and Oak Harbor (54-46) since.

The league race is similar to the preseason predictions, Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said Sunday night.

The Pirates and Polar Bears (5-2 SBC) were co-favorites.

"I told everyone they're crazy for picking us first, but a lot of that is based on experience. Edison has a lot back and they're playing very well. But it's where we want to be. We wanted to be undefeated, but we're at the top.

"And there's a lot of basketball left."

The key for Perkins the second time through the league is avoiding complacency and never being satisfied.

"We tell our guys its about getting better every day, and let's not fall behind," McVeigh said. "The second time through, with coaches in this league and scouting a breaking down tape, everyone is familiar with what we do."

The Pirates haven't had the full complement of their entire lineup playing together yet; Zach Dees returned to the lineup this weekend, but post player Michael Ebert was in San Antonio for a football scouting combine.

Huron and Clyde, both 4-3 in the league, round out the top half of the standings.

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