Originally Published: Feb 27, 2010 10:8 PM CDT
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer
TULSA, Oklahoma – Edison overcame a nine-point first quarter deficit and beat Central 65-60 in the 5A East Region 4 final on Saturday night.
Steven Hamilton was a one-man wrecking crew for Edison, scoring a game-high 34 points. Ryan Devers and Revey Norton each had 19 for the Braves.
Tempers flared at the start of the contest as both teams pushed and shoved each other at midcourt. After referees separated the scrum, the game got underway and Central raced to a 9-0 lead. Hamilton led Edison back into the contest by scoring the first nine points for the Eagles. Central kept the Eagles at bay for the rest of the quarter, though, and went into the second quarter with an 18-11 lead.
Edison erased its seven-point deficit as time went on in the second quarter, and eventually tied the game at 28 on a Derrick Jefferson three-pointer at the buzzer.
Central kept the game close throughout most of the second half, but the Eagles held on for a six-point victory.
The Eagles will now face East Central in the first round of the area tournament. Central also advances despite losing.