It was a game mostly won in the first quarter. The Paw Paw Redskins came out hot from the three point line and went on to beat Edwardsburg 57-48 in a Division 2 district semifinal game at Dowagiac Wednesday.
They shot 4/7 from deep, and senior center, Karsen Barnhardt, added 7 points of his own. After the first quarter the Edwardsburg Eddies faced a 21-8 deficit.
The second quarter saw Edwardsburg come to life offensively as Mac Gaideski dropped in 7 of his 13 points, while Ben Kubal had 4. The Eddies outscored the Redskins in that quarter 13-11, but still trailed at halftime 32-21.
The third quarter started off rough for the Eddies as Finlay Tate and the Redskins offense racked up quick points putting Paw Paw up 20 at one point. That would be the largest deficit the Eddies would face in the game. Shortly thereafter, Edwardsburg began to mount a comeback. Colby Sidenbender, Gaideski, and Zach Strycker all hit 3 pointers to pull Edwardsburg within 12 at the end of the third quarter.
The Eddies carried that momentum into the fourth as Strycker went 2/3 from downtown, and Kubal tallied 5 more points. Edwardsburg would draw within 4 points of the Redskins, but that is as close as it would get. Barnhart, Mason and Tate hit the free throws when it mattered most, and Paw Paw would go on to win 57-48.
For the game, Edwardsburg shot 16/41 for 39%. Paw Paw countered by shooting 19/36, which tallies up to 53%.
Sidenbender 6 points
Gaideski 13 points
Kubal 12 points
Strycker 15 points
Sager 2 points
Baird 2 points
Tate 17 points
Mason 13 points
Vorce 6 points
Barnhart 19 points