After an 0-2 start in league play, the win pushed the Chargers (9-2) to a 3-2 mark in the Bay, while Willard fell to 3-7, 2-3.
The Crimson Flashes’ length gave Edison problems early on – 6-foot-8 Broc Baldridge swatted away five Chargers shots in the first quarter alone, and Terry Baldridge, Jr. added another.
Edison adjusted by moving James Hill (18 points) away from the basket to take advantage of his athleticism against Broc Aldridge into space — and the Chargers never looked back. Hill took advantage of his foot speed to drive to score easy layups or dish out one of his five assists.
Bryce Roberts was the recipient of most of Hill’s assists, scoring a game-high 20 points. Roberts didn’t just focus on offense though. He held his own on the defensive end where he held Broc Baldridge to just seven points.
“We played as good of a game as you can ask for,” Edison coach Kyle Hammond said. “They had a size advantage, but we moved the ball really well I thought and Bryce and James did what they do.”
Willard tried, but had no answer for Edison’s ball movement. When the Chargers did miss, they were able to get plenty of offensive rebounds. The Flashes were outscored 18-2 in second-chance points and only forced nine Edison turnovers.
“They are a good team, which we knew,” Willard coach Joe Bedingfield said. “We didn’t do anything to help ourselves. We have a size advantage, but didn’t capitalize on it. We didn’t box them out like we should, and we played careless on offense and it showed in the score.
“We cover these things in practice and they do it,” he added. “But, when we get in a live game for some reason, we don’t do them. Brevon (Polachek) had a good game for us (14 points) and Sebastian Sivongsak made some plays on the defensive end (four steals), but overall we didn’t do the things that we needed to do to get a win over a team like that.”
The Chargers went on runs of four and seven in the second quarter to lead 29-21, putting distance between them and Willard. They then closed out the fourth quarter on a 11-1 run to put the game out of reach.
“Coach Bedinfield does a good job at Willard,” Hammond said. “They have a lot of length and forced us into some mistakes and turnovers, but overall I am happy with how we played. We got a tough, tough Oak Harbor team coming up that we need to start preparing for now.”