Edgewood-Colesburg used a 20-2 second-quarter blitz to run Central Elkader off the floor, 72-34, in a non-conference boys basketball contest in Colesburg, Jan. 3. The Vikings improved to 7-4 to start the 2019 portion of the season, while an out-manned Central crew fell to 1-10.

“I was really pleased with the effort and energy the guys played with,” said Ed-Co coach Justin Olind. “We controlled the tempo and forced Central to play our game.”

The Warriors hung tough for six minutes and trailed only 13-11 when Central broke the Ed-Co press and Andy Seeland converted, but the Vikings picked up the tempo to lead 22-13 after the first period.

Senior Tony Wright scored the first five points of the second quarter to stretch the lead to 27-15, and a seven-minute scoring drought by the Warriors was punctuated by Ethan Streicher’s third three-pointer of the half at the buzzer as the Vikings went to the break leading 42-15.

The second half was more of the same. Ed-Co outscored Central, 13-6, in the third quarter, and the fourth period featured both coaches getting the entire roster into the contest, leading to a 72-34 final.

“Every guy played hard and did his job,” Olind said. “It was great to start 2019 with a solid win.”

Ed-Co’s leaders against Central were: scoring — Wright 16, Parker Rochford 14, Streicher 13, Riley Ashline 11, Keegan Hansel seven, Quintin Hess and Jack Wiskus 4, Brayden Stannard two, Spencer Staner one; rebounds — Wright six, Streicher and Rochford five, Hansel four, Staner three, Wiskus, Jake Jones and Ashline two, Jared Childers, Stannard and Zach Knipper one; assists — Streicher six, Rochford four, Hess, Staner and Stannard one; steals — Streicher five, Staner four, Rochford three, Wiskus, Hansel, Stannard and Knipper two, Wright and Ashline one; blocks — Ashline three, Streicher one.

Back to Tri-Rivers play at Alburnett the next night, Ed-Co was unable to get much going on the offensive end as the Pirates grabbed a 55-41 win over the Vikings.

“The guys played solid on the defensive end, but we struggled offensively,” said Olind. Alburnett did a nice job of disrupting our offense. We couldn’t ever put a run together but the guys continued to fight no matter what.”

Holding a 9-8 lead after a quarter, Ed-Co managed only three points in the second period as Alburnett jumped to a nine-point halftime advantage at 22-13.

The Pirates stretched the lead to 10 after three quarters and held off the Vikings to improve to 8-3 on the season. Alburnett shot 51 percent on the night and was led by Austin Huber’s 18 points.

Ed-Co was hampered by 15-of-42 shooting on the night and managed to get to the free throw line only eight times in the contest.

“I was proud of my guys. They never quit battling,” said Olind. “I’m seeing a lot of growth from the guys and I like the direction we are headed.”

Ed-Co’s leaders were: scoring — Rochford 18, Streicher 13, Hansel and Staner four, Ashline two; rebounds — Ashline seven, Hansel and Staner four, Streicher, Rochford and Wiskus two, Hess one; assists — Rochford and Stannard two, Streicher and Ashline one; steals — Streicher and Rochford two, Staner and Ashline one.