By Chris Graham, SWMsports.net
On Tuesday night the Edwardsburg boys’ varsity basketball team took the court for the first time this season. They faced off against their former Lakeland Conference rival, the Cassopolis Rangers.
Things got off to a sloppy start for both squads as they traded turnovers for the first couple minutes of the first quarter. The Rangers took the lead early on as the Eddies struggled to find their footing offensively. Halfway through the first quarter senior guard Dante Razzano helped his Eddies squad find some rhythm. At the end of the quarter the Eddies had tied it up at 12 apiece.
The second quarter found Edwardsburg surging offensively as they took a commanding 33-23 lead into halftime. After the break Edwardsburg kept things rolling until Razzano went for a steal and injured himself in the process. He dove for a ball and hit the floor hard with his elbow, dislocating it on impact.
At the time the Eddies were up 41-30 and did their best to continue on without their leading scorer. Fortunately for Edwardsburg, the Rangers made poor shot selections throughout the night, and the Eddies capitalized on the boards. Edwardsburg was able to outrebound the Rangers 47-24, and 19 of those were on the offensive glass.
Aside from Razzano, none of the players on this year’s team were starters on varsity last year. However, the way they managed the game in crunch time would not have demonstrated that. The Rangers went into a full court press throughout most of the 4th quarter. Edwardsburg did a great job finding passing lanes and using their timeouts wisely. When the final horn sounded the Eddies were on the winning side with a final score of 64-55.
Razzano’s shoes were filled offensively by Jon Albrecht, who contributed 15 points and led all Eddie’s scorers. Nate Brown and Adam Kozinski each chipped in 10 points as well. Razzano had 12 points before going out with injury.