HOPE — It was a little more than a minute into Edinburgh’s 83-62 victory against host Hauser on Friday night, and Jets head coach Bob Nobbe already had to call time out.
The Lancers had thrown up two fairly unguarded 3-point shots from the perimeter, one by Ryan Burton and one by Riley Price, and both hit nothing but net.
Throw in a turnover by the Jets, and the game was 6-0 before the fans could dive into their popcorn.
Unfortunately for Hauser, the quick time out really didn’t help. Edinburgh (3-1) continued to hit its outside shots and Hauser (0-6) continued to struggle to make a basket. It was 19-5 in the blink of an eye.
When Nobbe and his players study the film of Friday’s game, they will lament poor starts in both halves as the culprit.
After working to cut Edinburgh’s lead to 43-34 at intermission, the Jets couldn’t buy a point at the start of the third quarter and actually fueled an Edinburgh 10-2 run with turnovers. The Lancers had an 18-point lead at 53-35 early in the third quarter and the Jets never threatened afterward.
“We got off to a good start on the road and that was one of the things that we talked about,” said Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer. “We knew going in that we would be well prepared. Coach Nobbe always does a great job.”
It almost was too easy for the Lancers, who hit six 3-pointers in the first half and who managed a 34-9 rebounding advantage for the game. “In the second quarter, we got kind of complacent,” Glentzer said. “We had kind of a false blanket of security. We hit some outside shots and it was like ‘We’re going to do this all night.’”
Edinburgh didn’t have to rely on outside shooting because it dominated in the paint in the opening half and then turned Hauser turnovers into fast-break points in the second half.
Burton led Edinburgh with a career-high 21 points. “Ryan is our energy,” Glentzer said. “He has been our most consistent guy.”
Caleb Giles had his usual solid offensive showing with 17 points while Nate King (12 points) and Kyle Pendleton (10 points) both were in double figures.
Trey Shipley scored 15 points for Hauser while Ryan Christy and Aaron Branum each had 11.
“Our rebounding and our defense has been our staple this season,” Glentzer said. “We really don’t have the offensive firepower that we have had.”
In the locker room at halftime, Glentzer implored his team to turn up the defensive pressure, and his players did. “I just told them that we needed to increase the pressure,” Glentzer said.