Boro earns two more wins over Pittsburgh, reach coveted win mark

By Tyler Trumbauer
Sports Editor/Spectator

Coming into Saturday, the Edinboro wheelchair basketball team wanted to get that coveted 13th win this season.

The Scots left Pittsburgh last weekend, with that victory and a bonus 14th one as well.

Edinboro (14-18) swept the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers club team in its doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Scots were on the winning side of 58-34 and 63-27 scores.

“We talked about it after game one,” head coach Jim Glatch said about the 13th win, which equaled the total number of wins combined over the last three seasons.

“The guys were very excited about that and they know we are starting to play good basketball…I think they are starting to get it that we are a pretty good team.”

Junior Derek Strickland exploded offensively in the first game, notching a double-double by posting 22 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, David Hix chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.

After a bit of a back and forth battle in the beginning of the first contest, Edinboro took a 10-8 lead with 13:29 left in the first half by way of an Isiah Moore layup and never looked back.

The Scots’ offensive epicenter was the paint as the team scored 48 of its 58 total points in the lane.

The offensive boom carried over into the second game, as well, especially in the opening stanza as Edinboro dropped 36 in the first half while Pittsburgh mustered only 27 points in the contest.

The wealth was spread evenly in the game as four Fighting Scots were in double-figures. Strickland led the way again, with nearly another doubledouble, but settled for 15 points and nine rebounds. Hix (13 pts.), Blake Rush (12 pts.) and Mike Adams (11 pts.) also helped spearhead Boro’s  victory.

Glatch expanded on the new found offensive production.

“It was started by our defense,” he said in a phone interview Saturday afternoon. “We had a lot of turnovers that turned into easy buckets. Our half court was running a lot better than it has been. We were finishing our shots. There were still points throughout the day where we were struggling.”

With the 14 wins bettering the combined win total of the last three years as evidence, Glatch said he had an inkling earlier this season that something was brewing.

“Early in the season I saw some things with this team that I hadn’t seen in a while,” he said. “The determination to be a good team, to work hard and not a lot of individual play. I kind of thought that we were moving in that direction properly. As the season has gone along and we have taken care of business last weekend, it gave us the confidence level to move forward. It just solidified my thoughts that we were going to be better.”

Edinboro hopes to continue that upward trend this Saturday as it heads north of the border to battle Canadian Academy in a doubleheader, removing the Carousel House Tournament from its schedule as it was moved to another weekend. Those games are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com