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Late charge gives Edison win over Perkins

Mark Hazelwood • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

With the game on the line, basketball instincts took over for Edison senior Ryan Reber.

In front of a capacity crowd at Perkins High School between co-Sandusky Bay Conference leaders, the Pirates trailed 45-44 when sophomore Brandon Smith drove to the basket in an attempt to save a broken play.

But Reber was there as Smith initiated contact, and the official right on top of the action called an offensive foul with 1.1 seconds left, which sealed a 47-44 Charger win.

Edison, which trailed 40-32 with 7:01 left before closing the game on a 15-4 scoring run, improved to 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the SBC. Perkins fell to 10-2, 7-2.

"I was guarding Zak Dees on the block, so I thought it was a good time for me to slide over and take a charge," Reber said. "It was just insticts and basketball knowledge, knowing the situation and time on the clock. We were in a man-to-man and Mike (Yost) was on Smith, and we didn't want him to get off a good look for a 3-pointer.

"We had Mike up tight on him, and he was on Brandon's hip. I didn't really want to go for a block and get called for a foul and send him to the line. I tried walling him up to take a charge and he came into me. We were fortunate it was called. It was a 50-50 call that could have gone either way."

With possession back to the Chargers, Perkins fouled Coltyn Grant with 0.3 seconds left. He made both free throws for the final margin as a full-court heave by the Pirates fell short.

Back-to-back scores by Ebert and Dees to open the fourth quarter gave the Pirates the 40-32 lead, but from there the Chargers defensive pressure was increased and it paid off. With only two team fouls and seven minutes to go, the Chargers could afford taking more risks.

Reber hit a 3-pointer to make it 40-35, and Yost stepped in front of an errant Pirate pass and coasted for an easy layup to make it 40-37 with 4:38 left. After another forced turnover in traffic, the Chargers tied the game on a 3-pointer by Grant with 3:31 left.

"Pressure was the key," Edison coach Chris Ceccoli said. "Sitting on two team fouls, we told the kids not to necessarily foul them, but to be more aggressive. We wanted to put more pressure on their perimeter players so they couldn't get it in to the big boy (Ebert). He was hurting us underneath.

"I couldn't be any prouder of our kids in terms of them not panicking. It's nice to have an experienced group of seniors that believe they can win every time they step on the floor. They find ways to win."

After Grant tied the game, Perkins surged back with baskets by Dees and Nic Williams to give the Pirates a 44-41 lead with 1:08 left. However, Yost got a score inside and out of a timeout, Edison fouled Perkins freshman David Doster with 34.2 seconds left.

Doster missed the front-end of a one-and-one free throw, and Reber grabbed the rebound and drove to the basket and missed a mid-range jumper. But as was the case all game, Yost was there to make the big play with a rebound putback with 21.6 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner as the Chargers had a 45-44 lead.

Perkins drew up a play, but it fell apart quickly. Inside of 10 seconds, Doster was dribbling around looking for an option and found Smith, who was forced to drive to the basket wildly to set up the final sequence.

"We had the momentum and they hit some big shots to take it back," Perkins coach Scott McVeigh said. "But it boiled down to execution at the end. We had a set play out of a timeout and didn't run it, and we were forced to create and try and get a foul at the end.

"We had a couple missed free throws at the end, and if we make those the game is over. They executed better than us late in the fourth quarter. They were the more aggressive team in the last four minutes, and that's what cost us."

McVeigh said the Pirates were looking for a quick score on the final play, not looking to run any significant time off the clock.

"We had a play set up with multiple options to it, to take what the defense gives you," he said. "We had two guys out of position, and had to create on our own, which all night long when we tried to do that, it didn't work.

"It's a lack of focus on our end. It was a great effort in a great game, unfortunately we came out on the losing end."

Yost scored a game-high 20 points for Edison while Reber added nine points and nine rebounds. Grant also added nine points. For Perkins, Ebert had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Dees added 12 points and Williams had nine.

Edison is at Norwalk (7-3) tonight in a key game towards the Division II Sandusky sectional, while Perkins is at Huron (7-4, 5-3) Friday.

EDISON (9-1, 8-1 SBC)

Mike Yost 9-1--20, Coltyn Grant 3-2--9, Ryan Reber 2-4--9, John Suhanic 2-0--4, Jason Blodgett 1-0--3, Mike Kumpula 1-0--2. Totals 18-7--47.

PERKINS (10-2, 7-2 SBC)

Brandon Smith 2-0--5, Michael Ebert 8-0--16, David Doster 1-0--2, Nic Williams 4-0--9, Zak Dees 5-0--12. Totals 20-0--44.

Edison 12 10 10 15 -- 47

Perkins 13 13 10 8 -- 44

3-pt FG: (E) Yost, Grant, Reber, Blodgett; (P) Dees 2, Smith, Williams

JV: Edison 38, Perkins 25

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