Edinboro 4 for 4 in 'Boro Shootout

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Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:11 AM
Edinboro 4 for 4 in 'Boro Shootout by Erica Burkholder
The Scots revealed a new, smaller roster and repeated as shootout champions.

Edinboro’s wheelchair basketball team debuted a smaller roster at the ‘Boro shootout, but one that would be successful, going 4-0 in a championship run.

The Fighting Scots started their tournament out against the Rochester Wheels on Saturday. They’d get on the board first with Chayse Wolf making good on a rebound and put back.

Rochester would lead by four at one point in the first half, but the Scots would hang around. With less than three minutes left, ‘Boro put up three unanswered baskets to go into the half leading, 24-17.

The Scots steadily put up points and completely shut down the Wheels offense, allowing them to score only four points in the second half. They would eventually win, 60-22.

Edinboro’s second and closest game came against Cleveland. Wolf would lead Edinboro scoring, even though he played the least in this game out of the four. Seamus McNally appeared in the Cleveland contest, with this most likely being his last appearance as he graduates in December and is interning away from ‘Boro, with the Fighting Scots. ‘Boro took the game, 44-29.

“Well, we were a little inconsistent, but that’s to be expected at this time of year,” said Head Coach Jim Glatch. “We really, because of our small roster, haven’t had a full scrimmage where we play five on five. So today’s (Saturday) games were that , I thought from that standpoint we did well.”

The Scots’ third game and the opener on day two was against the London Flyers. Stephanie Glatch put the Scots on the board and ‘Boro kept scoring from there. The team worked together throughout the first to put up 33 points and keep the Flyers to 25. The visitors pulled closer to the Scots as the first half dwindled.

While scoring took a bit longer to get started in the second half, once Josiah Knight scored the Scots again dominated; they added 30 points in the second to London’s 12.

The Scots won, 63-35.

Boro’s last game would be against the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, and it would also count as the championship match. Wolf may have started the scoring, but the Steelwheelers would pull out to a six-point lead six minutes into the game. They kept their lead for another five minutes as the Scots worked to overtake them.

A Wolf basket gave ‘Boro a one point lead, and minutes later, a Wolf free throw made it two points. Pittsburgh once again tied the game, Knight added a basket and then Wolf another free throw. The Steelwheelers put up two more baskets to take the lead, 18-17, at the half.

Stephanie Glatch and Knight combined for six points before Pittsburgh scored in the second. A Knight basket made the score 28-22, a six point deficit that Pittsburgh never recovered from. The Scots went on to outscore Pittsburgh, 22-6.

Edinboro won the championship game, 50-22.

“This last game was a battle, and what I was really happy to see was how they came out of it,” said Jim Glatch.

The team will travel to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to compete in their tournament on Nov. 22-23.

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