Edmondson knocks Carver out of first

January 26, 1991|By Derek Toney

Carver defeated Edmondson in the final game of the regular season last season to claim first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference Division I.

The No. 18 Redskins returned the favor yesterday, knocking the visiting Bears out of first with a 71-69 victory.

Edmondson's win also tightened the race for the division lead as it improved to 3-1 and 6-3 overall. Gilman leads the division with a 5-1 mark, followed by Carver at 4-1, 5-3 overall.

Leading 69-58 with 2 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the game, the Redskins almost let the game slip away, turning the ball over three straight times and missing two one-and-one opportunities. The Bears scored eight straight points, to pull to within three with 35 seconds left.

Carver regained possession again with 25 seconds left, but Michael Richardson's jumper in the lane didn't fall, and Edmondson sealed the win by hitting a pair of free throws at the other end.

"It was a big win for us because they beat us twice last year," said Edmondson coach James James. "We knew we had to stop [Carver's Steven] Hicks and play defense on him because he can hurt you."

Hicks, the conference's second-leading scorer and the area's sixth at 24 ppg, led the Bears with 23, but was shut down by the Redskins' man-to-man defense for the first three quarters.

Freshman point guard Randolph Edision scored 21 for Edmondson, 13 in the opening quarter as the Redskins built a 28-19 advantage.

"I was able to penetrate down the middle and get inside," said Edision, who also had eight assists and four steals. "But defense with a total team effort won the game for us."

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