What could’ve been a productive week for Edgerton High’s boys basketball team ended with a tumble in the Rock Valley Conference standings.
The Crimson Tide came into the week riding an eight-game winning streak and had a chance to take over the top spot in the conference.
Instead, Edgerton lost twice, including Friday night’s 59-50 loss to East Troy.
East Troy improved to 10-1 in the Rock to hang onto sole possession of first, while Edgerton slipped to 8-4.
Logan Mitchell led four players in double figures with 16 points, as East Troy scored the last six points of the game to sweep the season series.
Edgerton erased a 12-point second-half deficit and took a 38-36 lead with 10:04 to play, but East Troy took control behind Rock Valley scoring leader AJ Vukovich. The 6-foot-6 sophomore, who came in averaging better than 20 points per game, scored nine of his 10 points in the second half.
“He got a little more physical at the basket the second half than we were,” Edgerton coach Daryl Fox said of Vukovich. “And some of his points were just a matter of us having to scramble.
“I think more than anything, the game came down to the two runs that they made. The 11-0 run they had in the first half and that 5-0 run to start the second half. But we battled back both times, but just didn’t make enough plays at the end.”
Trailing by two with 10 minutes left, East Troy went on an 8-0 run to take the lead for good. Back-to-back baskets from Vukovich put the Trojans up 40-38 with 9:20 to play, and Mitchell’s basket off an offensive rebound pushed the lead to six with 8:47 left.
Edgerton got as close as 53-50 with 1:05 to play on Alec Johnson’s basket, but those were the last points the Tide would score.
The Trojans broke the press easily with 20 seconds left and got a Michael Polakoski basket that made it 55-50. Four free throws in the final 10 seconds finished the scoring.
Donovan Cone came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points for Edgerton, including 17 in the second half. Leading scorer Jacob Fox was held to eight points and did not score in the second half.
“Mitchell is a great defender, and he took Jacob away tonight,” coach Fox said.
“And in a close game like this one, it usually comes down to which team can make a couple more plays down the stretch. They were able to do that tonight.”
EAST TROY 59, EDGERTON 50
East Troy (59)—Polakoski 5-1-11; Vukovich 4-2-10; Mitchell 6-2-16; Brehm 3-4-11; Bourdo 1-6-8; Rosin 1-0-3. Totals: 20-15-59
Edgerton (50)—Cone 4-13-21; Jenny 2-1-5; Fox 4-0-8; Zeimet 0-0-0; A. Johnson 2-2-6; Spang 1-0-2; Wille 3-0-8. Totals: 16-16-50
East Troy 26 33—59
Edgerton 20 30—50
Three-point goals—East Troy Mitchell 2, Brehm, Rosin, Edgerton 2 (Wille). Free throws missed—East Troy 10, Edgerton 5