The Edison State Community College basketball teams closed the season by splitting games with Sinclair.
Edison opens postseason play at Sinclair tonight, with the women’s game tipping at 5:30 p.m.
The Edison men, 17-13 overall and 4-12 in the OCCAC, rolled up an impressive 79-54 win to avenge an earlier loss.
“Our guys have been very close to upsetting some very good teams as of late, but falling a few points short,” Edison coach Rick Hickman said. “This win is a big confidence boost for our young men. Their team play continues to improve every game.”
Edison led 38-29 at halftime and pull away in the second half.
“We talked at the half about how important the first five minutes of the second period was and how the very talented Sinclair team was preparing to take the floor,” Hickman said. “I was very proud of how our guys responded to the challenge.”
Hadith Tiggs had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Chargers, while Dae’Shawn Jackson had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Nick Thompson added 12 points and seven rebounds, Romello Yaqub scored 11 points off the bench, Zach Ledbetter had nine points and six rebounds and Christopher Landrum II grabbed seven rebounds.
Edison was 30 of 55 from the floor for 55 percent, including 10 of 21 from 3-point range for 48 percent. The Chargers made nine of 13 free throws for 69 percent.
Sinclair was 24 of 80 from the floor for 30 percent, including two of 14 from behind the arc for 14 percent. The Tartans made four of 12 free throws for 33 percent.
Sinclair won the battle of the boards 41-40 and had 10 turnovers to Edison’s 17.
The Edison women, 20-10 overall and 8-8 in the OCCAC, split the season series with Sinclair, losing 61-43.
The Chargrs were down 28-21 at halftime and were outscored 16-6 in the third quarter.
Carly Buzzard had 12 points for Edison.
Holly Frey grabbed six rebounds and Riley Culver dished out three assists.
Edison was just 14 of 54 from the floor for 26 percent, including one of 17 from 3-point range for six percent. The Lady Chargers made 14 of 19 free throws for 74 percent.
Sinclair was 28 of 65 from the floor for 43 percent and missed all 15 3-point attempts.
The Lady Tartans made five of seven free throws for 71 percent.
Sinclair won the battle of the boards 48-32 and both teams had 13 turnovers.