By STEVE GOLDMAN
For the Star Beacon
MUNSON TOWNSHIP —
In a way, the Edgewood boys’ 76-47 defeat at the hands of Notre-Dame Cathedral Latin was the opposite of their season-opening loss to Madison three days earlier.
The Warriors (0-2) got off to a good start on Friday, as four different players combined for five 3-pointers in the first quarter, and they ran off the final eight points of the period for an 18-11 lead. But from that point, the host Lions dominated.
Junior swing man Daniel Sapp led the way for NDCL with 27 points.
“I think we can play (the way we did in the first quarter),” Edgewood coach John Bowler said. “We’ve just got to keep up the intensity and we’ve got to keep playing like that.
“The last game, we had a terrible first quarter and a real good (second, third and fourth). And today we had a really good first quarter. So I think we can put it together and get on a winning streak.”
Indeed, after the teams took the floor for the second period, things were very different. NDCL (2-0) ran off the next 16 points and extended that to a 23-2 surge for a 34-20 advantage less than one minute prior to the break.
“They made a good run on us,” Bowler said. “We called a couple timeouts. They just got momentum going their way. And unfortunately for us, we’ve been playing some younger guys. When the momentum goes their way and not our way, we have a tendency to put our heads down a little bit.
“We’ll correct it. though. It’s all correctable errors.”
After Edgewood (0-2) cut it to 36-27 in the third quarter, a 14-1 Lion stretch made it 50-28. Eventually a 15-3 fourth-quarter skein pushed it from 54-37 to 69-40.
Sapp scored all 11 of his team’s first-quarter points. He sank four treys, and added 10 rebounds.
“He was hot; he shot the ball real well,” Bowler said. “And we were guarding him too, so he made a lot of nice jump shots.”
Senior 6-foot-9 center Chris Shkil added 12 points and 10 boards, John Cirillo 10 points, Mark Malone five assists and Trevor Demaske nine points on three triples for the Lions.
NDCL recovered from a five-for-18 first period to go 50 percent from the floor (27 of 54), including eight of 11 in the second stanza. That mark looks even better considering it sank nine 3-pointers. The Lions were also very efficient in controlling the ball, as they turned it over just 11 times, which was half the number they forced.
Louie Wisnyai led Edgewood with 11 points. Andrew Konczal had nine points and seven rebounds for the Warriors.
Edgewood finished with 30.6 percent accuracy from the field (15 of 49) after going six-of-12 in the first eight minutes. although it did sink seven triples. It converted just 10 of 21 foul shots.
“I’m pleased with the effort,” Bowler said. “The effort and the hustle was there. We just didn’t make good decisions.
“That’s a very good team. Our schedule, the way we had it set up, our first two games this year will be our probably toughest teams.
“We knew that going into it, and they’re all gauges for us to see where we’re at and where we’ve got to be, and where we want to be.”
Goldman is a freelance writer from South Euclid.