EDINBURGH — The Class A No. 2 Edinburgh boys basketball team lost to Indianapolis Lutheran in the regular season, but got revenge Saturday in the championship of the Edinburgh Sectional.
The Lancers (21-2) started strong and finished stronger to defeat Lutheran 57-45 and avenge a four-point December loss to the Saints.
Edinburgh shot only 32.7 percent in that contest while Lutheran hit 21 of 37 from the field led by J.C. Faubion’s game-high 27 points.
But this time, the shots fell early and often and the momentum never shifted entirely to the Saints as the Lancers fed on adrenaline from another capacity crowd (2,100).
Edinburgh now advances to the Class A regional at Martinsville and will face University High School at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“Our goal in the first half was to keep everyone out of foul trouble and we did a good job with that,” said second-year Lancers coach Drew Glentzer.
“In the second half, I thought we were pretty good defensively because we forced them into making some adjustments as well as went to some double-teaming when necessary.
“When we put together some baskets and we got ahead I thought they’d have a hard time guarding us when we spread things out.”
The Lancers hit 20 of 42 from the field, led by senior center Jordan Burton’s 20 points. He also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Lancers senior guard Kyle Wuest finished with 17 points and four rebounds.
Faubion, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, scored all 14 of Lutheran’s first quarter points as the Saints took a 14-12 lead.
Edinburgh started with a man-to-man zone defense but went to a straight man-to-man in the second quarter.
Wuest drew the defensive assignment to stop Faubion, which would not be easy.
The result: Faubion was held to seven points in the second quarter, but the Saints held on at the half for a 21-20 advantage.
Faubion, who finished with a game-high 32 points scored only two points in the third period. He got back on track in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough.Jordan Burton knocked down two free throws to give Edinburgh its biggest lead at 40-28.
By spreading the floor on offense in the fourth quarter, the Lancers had the luxury of being selective with their shots.
And, Lutheran picked up its seventh team foul with 7:04 remaining that put the Lancers into a one-and-one.
As Edinburgh attacked the baskets to either score or be fouled, Wuest took the helm and made three key free throws with time running down.
Senior point guard Corey Burton also hit a pair at the free-throw stripe with 1:44 left to give Edinburgh a 49-37 lead. But, just when it appeared the Lancers had the game and sectional championship locked up, back came Faubion and his Lutheran teammates.
Faubion connected on 9 of 9 at the free line and added a pair of field goals. However, he missed on back-to-back 3-point attempts as Wuest continued to pressure the ball.
The Lancers won the rebound battle 26-21. As the celebration continued on the Lancers’ home court, Glentzer said the determination of his five starters who are all seniors, would not deny them of their second sectional crown in the last three years.
“I told the kids at halftime that this is the last game you seniors are going to play in this building and I think they took that to heart,” Glentzer said.