Edmondson guard Isaiah Tripp knew his team was in for a tough, physical game against Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) at the Spark at the Park event Friday night at Forest Park.
Both teams like to play tenacious defense and aggressively attack the basket on each possession. The rivalry between Baltimore and Washington only added to the intensity.
In a back-and-forth game, Tripp managed to get off the potential game-tying 3-pointer despite facing double-coverage in the closing seconds. But his shot fell just short of the rim and Wilson escaped with a 65-62 victory.
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"I think we came out with a mentality that we couldn't be beat," said Tripp, who finished with 15 points. "But they came out ready to fight, and I don't think we were as ready to fight like they did. They were the better team tonight."
Darius Walker added 16 points for No. 4 Edmondson, Kani Coles scored 13 and Darius Hubbard had 11. Ariel Watson scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for Wilson, while Apronti Jones scored 13 and Dontae Carter added 10.
The Red Storm (5-1) trailed 30-26 at the break but did much better attacking Wilson's zone defense in the second half. Tripp scored six consecutive points to open the third quarter, helping Edmondson regain a one-point lead. From there, there were nine lead changes — and no lead greater than three points. A putback and ensuing free throw by Coles gave the Red Storm a 51-50 lead at the end of the third quarter.
"That's how it goes. Sometimes it's going to be run-and-gun and sometimes it's going to be a grind-out game," Edmondson coach Darnell Dantzler said. "You have to be able to play both ways. Woodrow Wilson really played well. They were long and athletic. We didn't settle down and stay poised, as we usually do."
Wilson (6-0) regained the lead, 56-53, on a 3-pointer by Watson midway through the fourth quarter. Walker answered minutes later with another 3-pointer to give Edmondson a 60-58 lead with 1:32 left in the game. But Wilson was clutch down the stretch, and Jones scored five points in the final 58 seconds.
"It's a D.C.-Baltimore showdown and I love it," Wilson coach Andre Williams said. "I love the way Baltimore kids play. They play with a lot of heart. They got a lot of skill up here. And they're coached very well. They play gritty, tough basketball and that's what I teach. I enjoyed tonight's game."
Woodrow Wilson 65, No. 4 Edmondson 62
W — Watson 18, Jones 13, Carter 10. Jordon 7, Long 6, Holmes 5, Henderson 4, Davis 2, Totals: 22 15-26 65
E — Walker 16, Tripp 15, Coles 13, Hubbard 11, McClain 3, Burke 2, Everett 2. Totals 22 15-21 62
Half: W, 30-26.