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Strong start lifts Warriors past Dragons for conference win

Jan. 27—SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Against rival Edgewood, the Lakeside boys basketball team seemed to do everything right to start the game.

Everything that is, except get the ball in the basket.

The Dragons missed on 11 of their first 12 shots Friday night, and shot only 20 percent in the first half as they dug themselves a 19-point halftime deficit.

They rallied to cut it to seven in the third quarter, but dropped their second game of the season to the Warriors, 63-51 in a Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division at Lakeside High School.

It Edgewood's second win of the season over Lakeside. The Warriors won 62-61 at Edgewood on Dec. 20.

Dragons coach Josh Hartz said he saw his team do a lot of things well, but the cold shooting in the first half was the culprit in this one.

"That was basically it," he said. "I thought we could have taken the ball to the hoop a little more in the first half. We did that in the second half, our third quarter was fantastic for us."

Edgewood opened the game with a 12-0 run to take an early 14-2 advantage.

Lakeside cut it down to 17-11 by the end of the quarter, but Logan Kray and Brady Andrejack opened the second quarter with back to back 3-pointers. Jacob Ernst followed by three-point play as the Warriors built a 39-20 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, however, Lakeside came to life though, going on 8-0 run to cut the lead to 41-29. They eventually got down to seven points, but Edgewood' was able to maintain control with its senior leadership and poise.

Ernst hit a 3-pointer then found Mason Thorr for an easy lay-in to answer the eight-point run by Lakeside and stem the momentum.

Edgewood coach John Bowler said it was no surprise that the Dragons fought back the way they did.

"It's a city rivalry game," Bowler said. "Lakeside played hard, they didn't give up. We just weathered the storm just enough and luckily we had a good enough lead in the first half. We let up a little bit in the second half and came through."

Coming through the most were Edgewood's usual suspects — Ernst and Kray.

The senior duo combined for 37 points in the game. Ernst had 23 points and Kray added 14.

When the Warriors needed a hoop, there was no question one of them was going to get one.

"They're my two senior leaders," Bowler said. "They do a nice job. They play hard and they're finishers. They want the ball in their hands in the fourth quarter and I want the ball in their hands tonight. I thought Mason [Thorr] played well tonight. He's worked his butt off."

On the other side, the results have not been what anyone would like for Lakeside, but Hartz said his team is striving in the right direction.

"These guys have put in a ton of work," the coach said. "They're working together, the scoring is all over the board for our team. I think they work together and they work really hard.

"In that third quarter, you could see it. Right now, we're just frustrated, trying to get better at all facets of the game. Trying to put some things together and some lineups together we think that will be a little more successful.

Lakeside had five different players score in the third quarter during its run. They also once again got solid contributions for a pair of freshmen, Chase Newsome and Jerez Osbourne.

"I thought Jerez played fantastic tonight," Hartz said. "I have a feeling that both of those guys are going to be some more starts in the near future."

Dyln Newsome ended up leading the Dragons with 12 points.

There was an injury note for Edgewood.

Zack Carlton-Hull had to leave the game early in the third quarter with a twisted ankle. Bowler said he has a history of coming back from injuries quickly.

"A couple of days in the ice bucket and hopefully he'll be good to go," the coach said.

The win pushed Edgewood to 11-4 on the season and 6-4 in conference play.

They will be home for Perry next Tuesday.

The Dragons dropped to 3-9 and 2-6 in the CVC. They will host Painesville Harvey next Tuesday.