By Jordan Morey
For the Daily Journal
Against sectional opponents, Edinburgh’s boys basketball team boasts an unblemished record.
The Lancers moved to 4-0 against sectional foes and 12-8 overall on the season with an 86-64 victory at Trinity Lutheran (6-15) on Tuesday.
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The first half proved an offensive showcase for both ball clubs.
Six different players scored for the Lancers in the first quarter, led by five points each from Parker Bryant, Justin Fosskuhl and Coltan Henderson.
The Lancers led 24-22 at the end of the period, which featured 10 lead changes.
The Lancers went on a 10-3 run to open the second quarter, capped by a one-handed dunk from Christian Cox, to lead 34-25 with 4:15 left in the half.
A basket by Jack Marksberry and 3-pointer from AJ Goecker helped Trinity cut the deficit to 34-30, but the Lancers answered with back-to-back treys from Cox and Henderson to lead 40-30 by the 2:12 mark.
Edinburgh held a 47-38 advantage at the break.
“We got good looks and we knocked down some big shots,” Lancers coach Keith Witty said. “We knew that Trinity Lutheran wanted to play fast. We did a good job of running the offense and getting our guys open. We just made a bunch of shots tonight.”
Out of halftime, the Lancers went on a 15-5 run — led by six points by Henderson and five from Fosskuhl — to boost the lead to 62-43 with 3:54 left in the third quarter.
In the final 3:40 of the third, the Lancers limited the Cougars to just four more points, finishing on an 8-0 run to lead 73-47.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Lancers already had a season high for points in a game.
While the Cougars battled down the stretch, outscoring the Lancers 17-13 in the final eight minutes, the hole proved too deep for a comeback.
Five players scored in double digits for the Lancers, topped by 19 points from Cox, 17 by Henderson and 12 from Fosskuhl. Bryant and Jordan Myers each finished with 10 points for Edinburgh.
“I told our guys that we want to be playing our best come sectional,” Witty said. “We’re lucky we get to host it. It feels good to beat these teams, but at the end of the day the sectional is when it really matters.”