All five starters for Edison notched double digits in scoring, as the Chargers continued their winning ways Monday night with a 69-50 win over Monroeville in non-league boys’ basketball.
Coming off their third game in four days, the Chargers (15-2) remained strong and used stifling defense and good shooting to pull away from the Eagles right from the start.
Brandon Tomson led the starters with eight first-quarter points in addition to a pair of two-point field goals each by Coltyn Grant, Mike Yost, Jon Suhanic and Ryan Reber, giving Edison a 24-8 first quarter advantage.
The Chargers pushed the lead to 22 at halftime, leading 37-15. At halftime, Monroeville was just 5-of-26 from the field with eight turnovers.
Meanwhile, Edison showed strong shooting numbers in the first 16 minutes, going 17-of-31 from the floor.
The Chargers increased the lead to 30 by the end of the third quarter with a 21-13 advantage. Monroeville, however, made up 11 points in the fourth quarter by doubling Edison 22-11.
The Eagles shot an even 50 percent from the field in the second half compared to just 19 percent in the first half. They went 6-of-11 from the line with 17 total turnovers.
Edison finished the game 30-of-57 from the field and 6-of-14 on free throws. The Chargers committed 11 turnovers and won the battle of the boards, 33-24.
Tomson and Suhanic finished with 13 points for Edison.
Grant added 12 points, while Yost and Reber had 10. Yost added a third-quarter dunk.
Grant and Reber led Edison with seven rebounds each.
“I was very pleased,” Chargers coach Chris Ceccoli said. “They executed offensively, they executed the game plan, shared the basketball and looked to get out and run in transition.”
Ceccoli talked about his team’s defensive performance against Monroeville.
“We need to get a little bit better, defensively but overall we did a good job of keeping them of the glass,” he said. “This is the kind of team that rebounds very well; they’re very physical. So it was important for us to keep them off the boards.”
For Monroeville, Ryan Stower posted 14 points, including four three-pointers. Tyler See tallied 10 points off the bench.
Ben Bercheck and Ryan Dragon tied for the team lead in rebounds with six each.
“Our kids shouldn’t be down on themselves,” Monroeville coach Zac Reer said. “Edison is just a good team. We’ll move on and get ready for the Flyers on Friday.”
Edison continues its fight to remain atop the Sandusky Bay Conference at Clyde on Friday.
“Going over to their place is always a difficult place to play,” Ceccoli added. “But I think our kids are up to the challenge and looking forward to the challenge.”
The Chargers lead Perkins by one game in the SBC.
Monroeville (6-11) hosts St. Paul on Friday in Firelands Conference play, in a potential preview of a Port Clinton sectional final.
Edison won the jayvee game, 49-40, over the Eagles.
Stone 1-2-4, Grant 6-0-12, Tomson 5-0-13, Blodgett 2-1-5, Yost 5-0-10, Davis 1-0-2, Suhanic 6-1-13, Reber 4-2-10. Totals: 30-6-69.
Stower 4-2-14, Long 2-0-5, Blair 2-0-5, Heck 1-1-3, See 4-0-10, Burrow 1-2-4, Bercheck 3-1-7, Rasnick 1-0-2. 18-6-50.
Score by quarter
Edison 24 13 21 11 — 69
M’ville 8 7 13 22 — 50
Reserve: Edison, 49-40.