The Edinburgh boys basketball team had its struggles shooting the ball offensively in its final tuneup Thursday against Brown County.
The Lancers’ defense made up for it, allowing its second-lowest scoring output of the season in coasting to a 46-28 victory.
The Eagles kept the game close with the Lancers much of the way, but a 14-2 run by Edinburgh in the final two and a half minutes of the third quarter proved to be the difference in the game.
"We didn’t shoot very well tonight, but you’re going to have those nights. We locked in well defensively," Edinburgh coach Keith Witty said. "It helped us get the win when we needed it. We got stops defensively and attacked at the other end."
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Jordan Myers got the Lancers (10-12) going in the first quarter. He gave the Eagles fits in the paint, scoring eight early points and helping Edinburgh to an 11-5 lead. Brown County came back with back-to-back 3-pointers from Caleb Yager to end the quarter on a 6-2 run and only trail 13-11.
The Eagles tied the game to start the second quarter with an Aaron McCann basket. Bryce Burton converted a basket and a Coltan Henderson 3-point basket extended the Lancers’ lead to 18-13. McCann cut the deficit to 18-15 with under 2:30 left in the second quarter, and the score remained that way at halftime with both teams unable to find the basket in the final two minutes.
Edinburgh extended the lead to 22-15 to start the third quarter, but Brown County came back with a 3-pointer from Yager to make it 22-18 before the Lancers made their big run to stretch the lead.
"We stopped guarding and it’s so disappointing because we were frustrated offensively," Brown County coach John Berning said. "Offensively, when we got good shots, we didn’t hit them. Unfortunately, we didn’t take care of the ball, either. We turned it over too many times."
Brown County didn’t have enough offensive attack in the fourth quarter to threaten Edinburgh’ s path to victory.
Burton had a game-high 14 points for Edinburgh. Darius Bennett finished with 11 points and Myers added 10.