By Rob Kiser
For one half, it looked like the Edison State men’s basketball team was on its way to evening the score with Lorain County in OCCAC action Wednesday.
But, the second half proved to be a very different story.
After leading 36-25 at halftime, Edison was outscored 52-23 in the second half in a 77-59 loss.
“They hit their shots and we didn’t,” Edison State coach Rick Hickman said about the second half. “They rebounded and we didn’t. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.”
Edison dropped to 11-9 overall and 1-8 in OCCAC play, while Lorain County improved to 13-7 overall and 5-5 in OCCAC play.
Lorain County had topped Edison 82-56 in the first meeting this season, but it looked like it would be a very different story this time around.
Edison went on 7-0 run in the early going to take a 13-8 lead.
Zach Ledbetter scored to tie the game 8-8, Nick Thompson added a basket and Romello Yaqub hit a three to give Edison a 13-8 lead.
After Lorain cut the lead to 13-11, Edison ran eight straight points off to make it 21-11.
Hadith Tiggs had two field goals in the run and Ja’Quan Dangerfield and Christopher Landrum II also scored and the Chargers were able to maintain that double-digit lead at halftime with a 36-25 advantage.
In the second half, Edison’s shots would not fall and Lorain County was able to beat the Edison defense down the floor for quick baskets.
Lorain County took the lead lead on a three at the 8:25 mark to make it 50-48 and Edison was never able to stop LCCC’s momentum.
Landrum led the Chargers with 15 points, while Tiggs had another solid game with 12 points, 10 rebunds and six assists.
Jackson had seven points, nine rebounds and blocked two shots, while Yaqub blocked two shots off the bench.
Edison was 20 of 59 from the floor for 34 percent — including two of 17 from behind the arc for 12 percent. The Chargers made 16 of 23 free throws for 70 percent.
Edison had 38 rebounds and 11 turnovers.
OCCAC Honor: The Ohio Community College Athletic Association named Hadith Tiggs the men’s Player of the Week last week.
Tiggs averaged 22.5 points on 17-for-27 shooting along with nine rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.5 steals per game last week.
In a 94-69 loss to Cincinnati State, Tiggs had 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal. Then, in an 81-76 loss at Sinclair, he had 23 points, nine rebounds, and three assists.
Tiggs is now averaging 13.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game this year for Edison State. In conference play, he is averaging a team-high 14.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal per game.
Edison State (59)
Christopher Landrum II 5-5-15, Nick Thompson 2-0-4, Hadith Tiggs 4-4-12, Dae’Shawn Jackson 2-3-7, A.J. Hickman 1-2-4, Romello Yaqub 3-0-8, Jordan Underwood 0-0-0, Ja’Quan Dangerfield 2-0-4, Zach Ledbetter 1-2-4. Totals: 20-16-59.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.