Collectively, the Edinburgh boys’ basketball team knew its defensive challenge would be big Thursday, facing Lutheran’s J.C. Faubion, the state’s leading scorer.
Ironically, even though one of the Lancers matched Faubion point-for-point, their defense ended up sparking a big road win.
The Lancers forced 16 turnovers, including five during a third-quarter stretch in which they pieced together a 12-0 run. That turned a 29-23 deficit into a 35-29 lead and paved the way for a 56-49 win.
With the victory, Edinburgh improved to 5-1. Lutheran dropped to 5-2.
Edinburgh’s decisive third-quarter spurt came partially as a result of renewed defensive intensity after a halftime talk. The Lancers trailed 23-21 at intermission but trailed 23-16 before closing the half with a 5-0 run.