Edinburgh’s boys basketball team had been plagued by poor shooting and rebounding during its four-game losing streak.
Tuesday night, the Lancers knocked down shots, controlled the boards and got back into the win column.
Edinburgh used a 40-19 rebounding advantage to top host Southwestern (Shelby), 61-46.
The Lancers led 14-13 when freshman Kyle Pendelton hit a 3-pointer from the corner as the horn sounded to end the first quarter. Pendleton’s shot kicked off an 11-2 run that ended with the Lancers up 25-15 midway through the second quarter.
Edinburgh’s defense harassed the Spartans into 12 first-half turnovers. But the real story was Edinburgh’s rebounding effort. The Lancers grabbed 22 of 27 misses in the opening half and led 33-23 at halftime.
Trent Tatlock, Dakota Sneed and Ryan Burton were dominant on the boards all night. Tatlock grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while Sneed and Burton each snagged eight.
The Spartans crept to 40-35 with 6:45 to play before Sneed and Tatlock broke their backs with two huge offensive rebounds. First Sneed grabbed a miss and scored, the fourth time he did that in the game.
Moments later, after missing a free throw that would have completed a 3-point-play, Tatlock grabbed his own miss and converted to extend the lead to 46-35.
Edinburgh coach Drew Glentzer said he challenged the Lancers to control the boards.
“One of the things we talked about was, if we’re shooting 30 percent there’s a lot of balls that are not going in,” Glentzer said. “So we need to make a concerted effort to go get it. I thought Trent, Sneed, Nate King and Ryan Burton did a great job on the glass out there.
The Lancers also shot the ball better Tuesday. They hit 22 of 49 shots from the field (44.9 percent) and converted 16 of 21 free throws.
“We needed to make sure we were getting the ball to the basket and take higher percentage shots,” Glentzer said. “We did a great job of being patient and not taking the first shot we had.”
Tatlock and Sneed each had 14 points, while Caleb Giles added 10.
Edinburgh (12-8, 4-4 Mid-Hoosier) played almost half the game without senior Riley Price, who bumped heads with Southwestern’s Andrew Messer late in the first quarter and left with a bloody mouth. He returned to the game late in the third quarter.
Messer had a game-high 18 points. Bryce Rowe added 15 for the Spartans (8-12, 3-5), who hit just 12 of 36 shots (33.3 percent).
The Lancers will complete their regular season Thursday when they host Brown County.