East Troy holds off Edgerton boys
East Troy High School boys basketball coach Darin Lottig has learned to chose his battles wisely with referees.
When a controversial fourth-quarter goal-tending call went in the Trojans’ favor here Tuesday night against state-rated Edgerton, Lottig didn’t ask for an explanation.
With East Troy clinging to a one-point lead with 3:05 left in the fourth quarter, Trojan guard Scott Beckwith’s missed layup was ruled good after the referees cited Edgerton for grabbing the net while the ball was still on the rim.
The Trojans never trailed after gaining that 49-46 lead and posted an emotional 55-51 victory over the Crimson Tide in a battle for Rock Valley North supremacy.
Mitch Windle led the way with 17 points, while Cody Condon added 13 to help East Troy (12-3, 12-0) seize a crucial two-game lead over second-place Edgerton (13-2, 9-2), which had a seven-game win streak broken in losing for the only the fifth time in its last 38 games.
“I wasn’t sure exactly what the referee called, but then I saw the referee motion to count the basket, and I assumed that goal-tending was the call,” Lottig said. “I don’t think the call affected us, but maybe it affected them (Edgerton).”
Edgerton, No. 7 in this week’s AP Division 2 state ratings, followed the goal-tending call with a rough 2:35 scoring drought that allowed the Trojans to build a 52-46 lead with 48 seconds left.
Bryan Gregory’s layup finally ended the drought and pulled the Crimson Tide within 52-48. Gregory rolled up a game-high 27 points, following a 39-point performance in his last game, but the 6-4 senior had only four points in the crucial fourth quarter.
Beckwith quickly answered Gregory with two free throws to rebuild the lead to 54-48 with 22 seconds left.
Edgerton made one final run from there.
Adam Gregory’s three-pointer, followed by a crucial Trojan turnover on the ensuing possession, gave the Crimson Tide a final chance to tie with 10 seconds remaining.
But Edgerton couldn’t convert the game-tying three-pointer and was forced to foul Condon with three seconds to go. Condon then drilled one free throw to put the game out of reach.
“We had a shot and could have put it in and tied it up, but I’m proud of my kids. They battled back,” Edgerton coach Mark Wanless said. “They (the Trojans) are a very good team, and they take care of the ball and shoot well.”
Bryan Gregory, the conference scoring leader with a 24.9 average, certainly shot well in the first half. The Edgerton standout dominated the inside with 16 points to propel the Crimson Tide to a 24-23 halftime lead.
East Troy quickly gained the upper hand in the third quarter with a brisk 6-0 run for a 29-24 lead. Brek Perry’s tip trimmed the Trojan lead to just 41-39 after three quarters. And from there, it was a battle to the finish.
In the end, a decisive factor was Edgerton being limited to only three trips to free-throw line (going 1-for-3), while East Troy made 21 of 25.
EAST TROY 55, EDGERTON 51
Edgerton (51)— Ozga, 4-0-10; Perry, 3-0-6; Palet, 1-0-2; B. Gregory, 13-1-27; A. Gregory, 2-0-6. Totals: 23-1-51.
East Troy (55)—Douglas, 1-4-7; Beckwith, 1-5-7; Bouwman, 0-2-2; Condon, 4-4-13; Windle, 7-3-17; Olsen, 1-3-6; Jacob, 1-0-3. Totals: 15-21-55.
Edgerton 13 11 15 12—51
East Troy 13 10 18 14—55
Three-point goals—Edgerton 4 (Ozga 2, A. Gregory 2), East Troy 4 (Douglas, Condon, Olsen, Jacob). Free throws missed— Edgerton 2, East Troy 4. Total fouls—Edgerton 20, East Troy 10. Fouled out—B. Gregory.
Junior varsity – East Troy 54, Edgerton 53.