Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler didn't give his team any complex strategies at the start of the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.
He just said they needed to increase their intensity if there was any hope of erasing City's eight-point lead. The Red Storm listened to its coach and played harder at both ends of the court.
Darius Hubbard scored eight of his game-high 17 points in that final quarter, while No. 11 Edmondson limited No. 8 City to just two baskets from the floor and rallied for a 61-57 victory.
Edmondson (15-4) played tough defense at times in the first three quarters, but the Red Storm didn't do it consistently. Dantzler said he wasn't worried about the offense, as Edmondson constantly found scoring chances, but he told his team that stopping City (15-4) would be crucial.
"We knew we had to buckle down on defense," Dantzler said. "You can't get into a track meet with City because they can play … and score points."
The Knights led, 45-37, at the start of the fourth quarter, but Edmondson made them work hard on every possession.
City made two early baskets in the quarter, the last coming on a layup from Omari George (16 points) with 6:06 left, but the Knights missed their final eight shots as the Red Storm's full-court man-to-man defense also forced three turnovers. The Knights scored their final six points on free throws, and their lack of offensive punch opened the door for an Edmondson rally.
"They told us to bring our intensity up," Hubbard said. "We had to keep playing defense and keep getting rebounds. We just needed to be consistent."
After scoring only 12 baskets in the first three quarters, the Red Storm added eight field goals in a fourth quarter where it outscored City, 24-12.
In addition to Hubbard's eight points in the final quarter, Kani Coles scored five of his 11 points for Edmondson in the period, the big ones coming on a three-point play that gave the Red Storm the lead for good at 53-51 with 4:47 left.
Darius Walker (12 points) and Myrek Lee-Fowlkes (nine points) also helped on offense for Edmondson, which played much better in the second half after City took a 28-24 lead at halftime.
The game swung back and forth in the second half. George scored nine points in the final 4:15 of the third quarter to help City take the eight-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
"We didn't do well to finish," City coach Daryl Wade said. "Edmondson finished the game, and they were the better team. We have to play stronger."
Edmondson 61, City 57
E- Walker 12, Hubbard 17, Lee-Fowlkes 9, Tripp 7, Coles 11, McClain 2, Smith 3. Totals: 20 19-31 61.
C- Davis 14, Butler 4, Williams 9, Bond 6, George 16, Jo. Grant 2, Ju. Grant 6. Totals: 19 19-25 57. Half: C, 28-24.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun