From the opening tip, Morristown applied the pressure to Edinburgh and kept bringing it the entire game. Unable to shake off the Yellow Jackets, the Lancers suffered a Mid-Hoosier Conference boys basketball defeat, 58-36.
The pressure from the Yellow Jackets came in the form of a 2-3 zone defense, which they stayed in for the majority of the night.
Even with the defensive pressure, the Lancers were able to move the ball well early on. Throughout the first half they had open opportunities around the basket but were unable to convert.
The Yellow Jackets, led by freshman guards Logan Laster and Hayden Langkabel, built a 15-point lead at the half.
The turnovers piled on to begin the second half for the Lancers, but the effort remained intact.
“Morristown is playing well right now, but I thought we played hard all night,” Edinburgh head coach Drew Glentzer said.
“And if we have some earlier shots fall in and less turnovers, we aren’t playing behind for most of the game.”
A technical foul call on Edinburgh late in the third quarter led to two free throws for Morristown, and a 3-point shot at the buzzer created the Lancers’ largest deficit at 24 points.
Despite the loss, there were bright spots for the Lancers.
Sophomore guard Jacob Atha began the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-point baskets and would go on to lead the team with 10 points, including eight in the final period.
Senior Christian Burton, who sank the Lancers’ only two free-throw attempts on the night, scored 9 points and played at a high energy level on both side of the court.