Eagles make it three straight in neighborhood rivalry; Williams scores 20
The 2011 chapter of the storied “Route 40” rivalry between Aberdeen High and Edgewood is most likely one the Rams wish they could tear out.
After dominating Edgewood by 35 points just over three weeks ago in Aberdeen, the Eagles took to the court across enemy lines Friday night and came away with a convincing victory, 68-57, in the latest installment of Fox 45/VSN Game of the Week. Aberdeen also defeated the Rams by seven points in an early season holiday tournament.
“We knew we were going to get a very highly competitive game from Edgewood despite the last results,” said Aberdeen coach Richard Hart. “They have a lot of good athletes and we knew we were going to have our hands full.”
Senior Gerrae Williams led Aberdeen with 20 points. Senior Seth Higgins and junior Van Rolle netted 18 each for Edgewood.
“The difference down the stretch is the control that Gerrae displayed at the point with our offense,” said Hart. “He settled us down and was not forcing the action. Its nice to have that kind of player when you are in a tight game and the defense is putting a lot of pressure on you.”
Unable to hold a commanding lead throughout the majority of the game but still managing a 47-43 lead, Aberdeen began to distance themselves at the start of the fourth quarter. The Eagles opened with an 8-1 run, capitalized by junior Mike Davenport's fast break dunk from Williams, to take a 55-43 advantage. Edgewood was able to minimize the deficit to four with just over two minutes to play, but sophomore Tevon Saddler converted a three-point play after being fouled on a drive to put the game out of reach.
Edgewood head coach Austin Hill was proud of his team's reserve when faced with adversity.
“We thought we'd have their number this time around against Aberdeen,” said Hill. “We tried our best and never let up and I'm very proud of my kids tonight.”
The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter but Edgewood was able to rally. Throughout the first half, Williams' prowess outside of the key was matched point-by-point with Higgins' inside-game and the Eagles could only muster a 32-29 lead at halftime.
“They started off tough,” said Williams. “I really thought we were going to blow them out again but we had to play hard and work for it.”
Aberdeen will now await Sunday morning’s state tournament drawing to determine who they will face next in the Class 3A North Region playoffs. Edgewood has locked up a first round bye and will be a first or second seed in the 2A East Region tournament.
Last Updated (Saturday, 19 February 2011 11:08)