Three Rivers’ boys basketball program ran into a physical and defensive-minded Edwardsburg group Friday in a 64-35 defeat.
The Eddies, shutting down the perimeter on the road, are 2-0 and 1-0 in the Wolverine Conference. The Wildcats fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Trenton Karle led the Wildcats with 10 points, followed by Cam Cottingham (nine), Zach Turner (eight), Alex Cottingham (six) and Adam Reed (two).
“They made it tough on us; they were really good on the perimeter [defensively] — real strong and aggressive,” Three Rivers coach Frelen Gowen said. “We shot 9-for-30 from the twos and 2-for-8 from the threes (29 percent overall).”
Edwardsburg was 23-for-59 from the field, which included nine 3-pointers.
“They really strung some threes together that really hurt us at first and then they just buried us.”
The Eddies outrebouned Three Rivers 35-24 and the Wildcats turned the ball over 24 times compared to Edwardsburg’s 15.
Edwardsburg’s Dante Razzano left Three Rivers with 17 points, Jackson Gaideski had 11 and Derek Pierce, Grant Szalewski and Dalton Raymond each pocketed seven.
“We just didn’t have any clear looks,” Gowen said. “Edwardsburg just dicated what we could and couldn’t do, so it was a tough night for us.”