MILAN — The Edison Chargers were simply too strong for Oak Harbor Friday night in Sandusky Bay Conference boys’ basketball action, grounding the Rockets 61-35 at the Thunderdome.
The Chargers stayed on top of the SBC with a 9-1 mark, 10-2 overall.
Edison ended the suspense early, jumping out to a 18-4 lead after one quarter and extending that to 30-4 midway through the second.
“It was important to come out and have a fast start,” Edison coach Chris Ceccoli said. “And I thought after our first three or four possessions against their zone, we showed good patience.
“We tried to speed things up in the first half and were able to create some turnovers,” the coach added. “Defensively, we wanted to be the aggressor, get some run-outs, and we were able to do that.”
The Chargers were paced by senior Coltyn Grant, who knocked down 22 points, which included four triples.
“The last time we played at Oak Harbor, Coltyn hurt his ankle the night before,” Ceccoli said. “So he was looking forward to this game. Tonight, he shot the ball well and did a great job of getting his teammates involved, which is what a point guard is supposed to do.”
Ryan Reber scored 11 points and Mike Yost added 10 for Edison. Yost’s night included a steal near mid-court and breakaway slam dunk.
Oak Harbor was led by Zack Priesman with eight points. Steve Young and D.J. Everett each scored six points.
Ceccoli was complimentary of Oak Harbor coach Rob Collier. The Rockets dropped to 1-13 overall and 1-10 in the SBC.
“Coach Collier does a great job with his kids,” Ceccoli said. “They play very hard. We knew we would have to match their intensity.”
The Rockets hit 15-of-58 from the floor, 2-of-2 at the line, grabbed 24 rebounds and had 14 turnovers.
The Chargers were 25-of-43 from the field, 7-of-12 at the stripe, had 24 boards and 13 miscues.
Oak Harbor was dealing with more the Edison on Friday night.
“Our top three ball handlers were either sick or injured,” Collier said. “We had our 4-man run the point at the start of the game.
“I’m really proud of our kids,” he added. “They were out of their normal position, sick — we had seven or eight guys with illness this week.
“We were down 22 at the half and could have come out and just gone through the motions, but we were out there, taking charges, running the floor and playing good defense,” Collier said. “That’s a great sign for the future.”
Edison led 52-21 after three quarters before seeing the Rockets hold a 14-9 scoring edge in the final quarter.
Edison won the jayvee game, 41-26.
Oak Harbor 35
Everett 2-2-6, Priesman 3-0-8, Young 3-0-6, Wiegand 1-0-2, Sharp 1-0-2, Sarahman 1-0-2, Edwards 1-0-2, Cecil 1-0-2, Haar 2-0-5. Totals 15-2-35.
Grant 8-2-22, Tomson 2-1-5, Blodgett 1-0-2, Yost 5-0-10, Suhanic 3-1-7, Reber 4-3-11, Davis 1-0-2, Deehr 1-0-2. Totals 25-7-61.
Score by quarter
O. Harbor 4 11 6 14 — 35
Edison 18 19 15 9 — 61
Reserve: Edison 41-26.