2017-01-26 / Sports

Edington, Pickford Panthers Take Home 68-50 Win Over St. Ignace Saints

By Jacob A. Ball


Derrick Edington of Pickford rises up for a three-point shot attempt over starting center Preston Mayle of St. Ignace. Edington would finish the game with 26 points as the Panthers beat the Saints 68-50. Derrick Edington of Pickford rises up for a three-point shot attempt over starting center Preston Mayle of St. Ignace. Edington would finish the game with 26 points as the Panthers beat the Saints 68-50. The Panthers of Pickford got the lead on the St. Ignace Saints early in a make-up contest, Monday, January 16. St. Ignace would fight their way back into the game several times throughout the night, but a 26-11 lead at the end of the first quarter would prove to be decisive. In the second quarter, St. Ignace got off to a much better start as they eventually cut the lead to eight toward the end of the half after Saints captain Preston Mayle collected two offensive rebounds in a row before finally making the shot himself. Throughout the rest of the game, the Panthers were able to make timely baskets to keep their lead, pulling away every time the Saints were able to close the gap. In the end, the Pickford boys basketball team defeated St. Ignace 68-50 behind a dominant performance from a lead player, Derrick Edington, and some unlucky shooting from the Saints.


At left: Senior Preston Mayle draws a foul as he attempts to shoot over Nick Edington of Pickford. Mayle would finish the game with eight points as the Saints fell to the Panthers, 68-50, in a make-up game Monday, January 16. At left: Senior Preston Mayle draws a foul as he attempts to shoot over Nick Edington of Pickford. Mayle would finish the game with eight points as the Saints fell to the Panthers, 68-50, in a make-up game Monday, January 16. From the tip, Pickford was pushing the ball up the court as fast as they could. Only a couple minutes into the game, Saints Coach Bob Brandstrom was forced to call a timeout as the game was already slipping away with Pickford leading 9-2. Pickford continued to hit their shots as they stretched the lead to 12 following a basket by Jimmy Storey.

David LaVake, a senior at La Salle High, tried his best to keep the Saints in the game. He would drive three separate times, scoring over half the Saints’ points in the first. David VanHeuvelen would add a three-point shot, and Marcus St. John would score on an acrobatic drive through the lane. But the Panthers’ Edington, the team’s star of the night and perhaps the season, was a force wherever he was on the floor in the first quarter, outscoring the Saints with 12 points of his own, including two three-pointers, and rebounding what seemed to be every missed shot the Saints took. Pickford was full of confidence with a 15-point lead going into the second quarter.

After a series of turnovers for both teams to begin the period, VanHeuvelen would dive to the floor and wrestle a loose ball from a Pickford player. A quick pass from the ground to Joel Dodds would result in an easy three-point shot. The Panthers answered quickly, though, to keep the lead above 10 points. Mayle, who had been held scoreless in the first, came alive in the paint, rebounding with ferocity at the offensive end, and adding two put-back layups that his team needed.

After the game, Pickford Coach Drew Paquin pointed to the ability of the Saints to pull down offensive rebounds as the reason they were able to stay in the game after a difficult first quarter. These second chance opportunities and a handful of turnovers by the Panthers kept the lead at 37-27 following a second quarter that could have seen Pickford pull away for good.

Throughout much of the third quarter, it appeared that St. Ignace was going to pull the lead back to a reasonable number, but following several minutes of the lead hovering in the high single-digits Pickford was able to pull away again. Derrick Edington would hit two shots on back-to-back possessions before an untimely turnover by the Saints would turn into an easy score for Storey, and the lead was back to 13, 50-37. The Saints would continue to fight, but with a score of 52-38 at the end of the third, the outcome was looking promising for the Panthers.

At the beginning of the fourth, VanHeuvelen scored two impressive three-point baskets, but at the other end of the court Derrick Edington was answering those shots with baskets of his own. Before sitting toward the end of the game Edington was able to add another eight points to his tally. LaVake would finish his scoring for the night soon after, as he drove through the lane to flip in an amazing shot that drew gasps from the crowds on both sides. Unfortunately for the Saints, the play was too little too late, as the lead would stretch to 19, 63-44. Coach Brandstrom would pull his starters at the three-minute mark and give his other players a chance to get some action. Coach Paquin would follow suit soon thereafter, with Derrick Edington finally leaving the game with a little under two minutes remaining.

Coach Brandstrom said after the game that the real problem was that his team just wasn’t able to make their shots.

“It came down to the shooting, it’s as simple as that,” he said. As the game moved on, St. Ignace began slowing the up-tempo style of the Panthers more and more, as they got themselves into passing lanes and disrupted the flow of the Pickford offense. The Panthers and Saints will meet again Wednesday, February 15, in what may be a far more competitive matchup.

Statistics:

Pickford Panthers: Derrick Edington 26 points, Nick Edington 14 points, Wyatt Boik 13 points, Jimmy Storey 10 points, Travis Green three points, and Joey Boik and Sebastian Ross with one point each.

St. Ignace Saints: David LaVake 13 points, David Van- Heuvelen 11 points, Preston Mayle eight points, Marcus St. John five points, Shawn Livingston four points, and Tucker Shepard and Nate Causley with three points each.

Junior Varsity: Panthers Win 64-37

After a promising first quarter for the Saints’ Junior Varsity where they finished trailing by only a point, 11-10, the Panthers took the lead in the second quarter and by halftime the score was 39- 19 in favor of Pickford.

After the half, St. Ignace came out playing tougher and more deliberately. The Saints began the half on a 14-5 run to pull game back within 11 points at 44-33. The Panthers did not give in and continued to make shots down the stretch.

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