Edgewood defeats Decatur, 78-69 Class 2A, Region IV


Edgewood had a seemingly comfortable lead, but it ended up taking two free throws by reserve Rob Spencer in the final two minutes to put it away for the Rams.

The Class 2A, Region IV game saw Edgewood (20-3) win its 11th in a row, beating Stephen Decatur 17-7) from Salisbury, 78-69, last night.

The top seed Rams will be home tomorrow night (7 o'clock) to play second seed Wicomico, an 83-65 winner over Parkside. The winner advances to the state tournament at College Park next week.

Edgewood used pressure defense to create turnovers, and ran off nine straight points in the second quarter, leading 32-14 at one point. The Rams made their first four shots of the third quarter, boosting the margin to 45-24.

Jamel Foreman, a cousin of former Stephen Decatur and Salisbury State star Andre Foreman, led the comeback with 11 points in the last two quarters.

With 3:14 left, a three-point play by Foreman brought the Bayhawks within 65-60, the closest they had been since the opening four minutes.

A basket by Maurice Edison of Edgewood was offset by two free throws from Keith Wise, who had missed nine of his previous 10 chances from the line. The large and enthusiastic group of Decatur fans who had been lending vocal support in the comeback, were on their feet and screaming.

Against that din, Spencer, a 6-foot senior, made the two foul shots that put the home team over the edge. Decatur misfired on three straight trips down the floor, and although Edgewood players missed the first of a pair of one-and-ones, Edison stuck in a rebound for 71-62 with 55 seconds to play.

"They had the experience (three starting seniors) and they played hard," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said of Decatur's rally.

"We have to learn what you do at the playoff level. You have to play for 32 minutes. There is no next game. We did some silly things on defense and offensively missed some shots we normally make.

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