Edgerton holds off Evansville
The new Edgerton High point guard saw an opening and tried to drive down the lane, but he was called for traveling as the Crimson Tide were nursing a one-point lead with 50 seconds left against Evansville.
But as the Blue Devils tried to run their offense on the ensuing possession, Laskowski picked off a pass and raced in for a lay-up.
That helped seal a 50-46 victory for the title-favored Crimson Tide over the two-time defending champions in an early Rock Valley boys basketball showdown.
“I could see they were trying to set up a pick, and I was trying to overplay it, and I just got a good jump on it,” Laskowski said of the play that highlighted his 10-point night. “I was definitely thinking about the turnover. Whenever you make a turnover, you have to come back and make a play.”
Laskowski capped his flourish by corralling the rebound after Matt McElroy’s errant three-point attempt to tie the game came up short from the wing. Laskowski then finished off Evansville by making one of two free throws with eight seconds left.
“This is huge,” said Laskowski, who has taken over point-guard duties from four-year starter Joe Kronforst, who has been lost for the season with a torn ACL ligament in his knee. “To get Evansville early in the year is huge.”
Laskowski and Bryan Gregory scored all eight of the Crimson Tide’s points in the fourth quarter to keep Edgerton undefeated at 2-0 in the conference and 4-0 overall. Gregory led all scorers with 21 points, making nine of 12 field-goal attempts.
Andrew Keister had 20 points for Evansville (2-2, 0-2) and scored 13 of the Blue Devils’ 18 second-half points.
“Holy catfish, that was a great ballgame,” Evansville coach Chris Wagner said. “It was a one-possession game, and give Laskowski credit for making the steal. They have a good defensive backcourt. We may be 0-2, but we are going to be fine.”
Most of the night, it was a back-and-forth battle, led by Gregory owning the low post for Edgerton and Keister controlling the backcourt for Evansville.
Tommy Kremer gave Evansville its largest lead at 20-13 by completing a three-point play after a steal and hesitation lay-up with 7:28 left in the first half. However, Gregory answered with a three-point play, and neither team led by more than six points the rest of the way.
“We battled back after getting down early,” Edgerton coach Mark Wanless said. “We hung in there and kept clawing away.”
Keister, a lefthander, gave Evansville a 46-45 lead with 2:22 left by driving the baseline for a right-handed lay-up in traffic. Gregory answered 50 seconds later with a basket underneath for the one-point lead before Laskowski took over in the final minute.
“It was a typical Edgerton-Evansville game—right down to the wire,” Wanless said.
EDGERTON 50, EVANSVILLE 46
Evansville (46)—Deininger, 1-0-3; Kremer, 4-2-11; Keister, 9-0-20; Nieman, 3-0-6; McElroy, 2-2-6. Totals: 19-4-46.
Edgerton (50)—Mitchell, 1-1-3; Laskowski, 3-4-10; Eastman, 1-0-2; Carrier, 4-3-11; Towns, 1-0-3; Gregory, 9-3-21. Totals: 19-11-50.
Evansville 15 13 14 4—46
Edgerton 13 16 13 8—50
Three-point goals—Evansville 4 (Deininger 1, Kremer 1, Keister 2), Edgerton 1 (Towns). Free throws missed—Evansville 4, Edgerton 8. Total fouls—Evansville 16, Edgerton 11.
Junior varsity—Edgerton 60, Evansville 33.