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Boys basketball: St. Edward withstands Chicago Christian

St. Edward was able to hold off a fourth quarter charge by Chicago Christian on its way to a 70-62 conference road win.

The Green Wave (18-5, 6-4) led by as many as 17 points, but the Knights (7-14, 2-5) refused to quit and brought the deficit to just three with 3:39 remaining behind Blaine Wright (14 points, 3 three-pointers) and senior Brenden Wolinski (17 points, 9-of-9 FTs).

However, St. Edward was able to withstand the Chicago Christian trap and hit its free throws down the stretch to capture the victory.

“We know (Chicago Christian) won’t quit and they trap hard,” Green Wave coach P.J. White said. “We have a young team with starting two sophomores and it’s a lot of pressure to handle Chicago Christian’s trap, but we handled the ball well at times and hit some key shots.”

The Green Wave upperclassmen also needed to step up and that happened in the form of seniors Antonio Domel and Adrian Ponce.

Domel keyed a 10-0 run to start the second half by scoring six points and finished the night with 15 points, and Ponce scored 10 of his 22 points in the first quarter.

“They say defense wins games,” Domel said. “But you have to put up points to win. I was just thinking score, score, score.”

While White was happy with the play and progress with his young team, Knights coach Kevin Pittman was frustrated with his.

At times Chicago Christian played with great effort and execution on the defensive end, but there were times when that effort was absent.

“I don’t know how we think we can turn it on and off, but this is the way our season has gone,” Pittman said. “We’re going to make some changes this week. No adjustments. The way we approach the game, warmups, see if that works. I won’t give up and I won’t let them give up.”

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