Edinburgh’s graduation-depleted boys basketball lineup wanted to prove it could dominate on the court the way its predecessors did.
For one night, mission accomplished.
The host Lancers exploded from the opening tip Tuesday, using suffocating defense and dominating rebounding to piece together 15-0 and 14-0 first-half runs. The 14-0 spurt, which came in the second quarter, built Edinburgh’s lead against visiting Southwestern (Shelby) to 24 points en route to a 76-53 season-opening victory.
Last year’s Lancers finished 23-3 and won a Class 1A regional title. This year’s squad isn’t predicting to match that win total but hopes to prove it will be a good team, as well.
“We know we played against the best team in 1A in the state every day last year (in practice),” said Edinburgh senior point guard Caleb Giles, who finished with 16 points. “That helped us build confidence. Our defense was amazing. We knew Southwestern would want to slow things down, so we sped them up.”