To get an idea of how excited No. 16 Edmondson was to be leading No. 8 Carver by 12 points at halftime, junior point guard Randolph Edison hit his right hand on a door by the locker room, breaking the glass and causing a one-inch cut.
Even that didn't dim Edmondson's enthusiasm, as Edison returned despite a heavy bandage to help the host Redskins to a 62-56 victory over the Bears yesterday, avenging their loss in last season's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship game.
Edison, 5 feet 7, scored 16 points and dished out nine assists, to complement junior center Maurice Blanding's 18 and 10 rebounds and 14 from junior swingman Eddie Rivers, which all aided in erasing the memory of the 67-53 defeat in the Metro Classic.
"I was coming out at halftime and the adrenalin was going, and I hit my hand and broke the glass on the door upstairs," said Edison, who erased his bitter memory of a subpar 12-point performance in that game. "I couldn't sleep last night. I kept thinking about what they did to us at the Baltimore Arena, and we just wanted revenge. We came out and we played hard, which we wanted to do and it was a complete team effort."
It was on the same court that Edmondson (11-4, 8-2) dealt Carver (13-3, 10-1) its last MSA B setback (71-69 on Jan. 25, 1991), igniting a modest streak of 19 consecutive victories by the Bears.
After trailing by as many as 15, the Bears pulled even at 47 on a basket by Rodney Black. But Edmondson went on an 8-2 spurt with Edison scoring three, to extend the margin to 55-49 with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining. The Bears closed to within 59-56 with 35 seconds remaining, before Edmondson converted three free throws down the stretch.
"I don't think we played badly, we just started off very, very slow," said Carver coach Durce Jackson. "Catching up is really hard, but our kids did a good job of being scrappy and coming back, and when you exert so much energy in coming back, it takes something out of you late in the game."
Senior forward Michael Richardson scored a game-high 24 and had eight rebounds and senior center Black added 13 and seven rebounds for the Bears, but neither were able to establish themselves in the paint. Edmondson packed in its defense, forcing Carver to set up its offense from the perimeter.