Kendall cagers edge past rival Holley

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 January 2020 at 9:52 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Derek Edick drives in for a layup against Holley defender Kohl Morgan during the host Eagles win over the rival Hawks this evening.

A late burst of threes keyed Kendall to a narrow 38-33 victory over visiting rival Holley this evening in a low scoring Genesee Region League game.

Derek Edick provided the late game long range fireworks for Kendall as he made three big threes down the stretch to rally the Eagles from a 29-27 deficit into the lead for good at 36-33.

Edick then completed his big 11 point quarter by making two clutch free throws with 18 seconds remaining to put a lock on the victory as the Eagles avenged an earlier season 66-49 loss to the Hawks at the Holley Tournament.

Edick finished with 13 as Dale Steffen added 8, Mason Kuhn 7, Nicholas Spellan and Zach Barrett 4 each and Riiey Hirschman 2.

Kohl Morgan shared game high honors with 13 for Holley as Carson Major added 9, Broek Ostrom and Jacob Norman 4 and Ryan Lang 3.

Holley grabbed a 12-8 lead at the end of the first period on a late three by Major.

Kendall rallied into a 16-14 lead by opening the second period with an 8-2 run including a layup by Edick and a layup off a steal by Barrett.

However, the Hawks answered with a 7-2 run, including four by Major, to regain a 21-18 lead but Kuhn countered with a late three-point play to pull he Eagles even at 21-21 at the half.

Kohl then scored all six of Holley’s points in a very low scoring third period to put the Hawks up 27-23 heading into the decisive final stanza.

The sea-saw fourth quarter then saw the lead change hands three times.

Edick’s first three put Kendall up 30-29 only to see Holley regain the lead for what proved to be the last time at 31-30 on a layup by Norman.

Edick’s second three gave the Eagles at 33-31 lead but the Hawks briefly retied the contest on a jumper by Major with 38 seconds to go.

Twenty seconds later Edick hit his third three to put Kendall back on top to stay at 36-33. He then tacked on two pressure free throws with 18 seconds to go to lock up the win.

Kendall is now 1-6 in the league and 2-8 overall while Holley is 1-7 and 1-10.

(Click here to see Kendall’s Derek Edick hit the eventual winning basket from the top of the circle.)

(Click here to see Holley’s Carson Major score with an acrobatic layup.)

Holley’s Kohl Morgan puts up a shot against Kendall defender Mason Kuhn.

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