Crimson Tide Flex Dominance Over Eagles
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Heading into Friday night’s season opener against the Jefferson Eagles, Edgerton’s basketball coach Jason Knott wasn’t entirely sure what to expect out of his veteran squad.
But when senior forward Adam Converse and junior guard Jake Fox matched three-point shots just seconds apart to give Edgerton a 10 point lead late in the second half, his expectations became just a little bit clearer. The Edgerton Crimson Tide beat the Jefferson Eagles 61-47 to open up Rock Valley North Conference play Friday night.
“That’s the type of team that I think we’re going to be this year,” coach Knott said. “We’re going to have different guys step up each night, and I think that’s going to be the key to making us a pretty well-rounded team.”
The Crimson Tide were on full display in the opener, as Converse and Fox combined for 38 points in the road win over the Eagles.
The Eagles led 17-15 after one quarter and a big three-point shot by senior Vinny Cincotta early, but it would be the last time that the Eagles would lead, as the Crimson Tide dominated in the game after the opening quarter.
The Crimson Tide began to pull away when Converse’s three-point shot midway through the second half made it 42-36, as the third quarter came to an end with the Tide going on a 14-4 run.
“I thought our energy was great tonight,” Knott said. “We missed some shots, especially in the first half that we probably normally should hit, but that’s the game of basketball.”
However, missed shots wouldn’t be a problem in the fourth quarter for Crimson Tides Jake Fox. Fox continued to exercise his vaunted speed in the fourth quarter, driving to the basket with ease and scoring the last 13 points in the game for the Crimson Tide.
The Eagles found great success with their inside game, with Cincotta scoring on two beautiful driving layups in the fourth but the comeback came too late and time running short.
“When you have a kid like Cincotta, what that does is it rubs off on the other guys,” Eagles Coach Jay Benish said. “Cincotta’s the guy that keeps the bus going; he’s our motor, and he leads us, especially on defense.”
Converse and Fox for the Crimson Tide will surely be a dynamic duo to watch this upcoming season in the conference. The great length of Converse and the ball handling skills of Fox will bring a special inside-out identity that the Crimson Tide haven’t had in a long time. The Eagles on the other hand are young but have a lot of fight in them and will need to be led by Cincotta all year long to have success.
The Crimson Tide will host Waunakee next Friday and the Eagles will host Milton for their second home game of the year.
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