Swanton used its relentless pressure defense and ability to shoot the three-ball to create a big lead, then had to survive a furious comeback attempt from Edgerton in a 57-45 home win on Saturday night.
The home Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run to end the first quarter, building a double-digit lead. Nic Borojevich converted a fast break opportunity, Cole Mitchey sank a three from the corner and also added a pair at the foul line, then a Nic Borojevich triple extended Swanton’s lead at 20-4 after one.
“We’re not real big, but we are quick on the perimeter and you got to use the things that you’re good at, obviously,” said Swanton Coach Bruce Smith of the defense which opened up more opportunities offensively for the Dogs. “That’s one of the things that’s carried us so far. But we got to match that intensity in the second half, which unfortunately we haven’t been able to do.”
In the second quarter, Swanton maintained that 16-point lead (24-8) when Nic Borojevich stole the ball and turned it into points at the other end with 5:23 before halftime. Edgerton’s Nathan Swank responded with a 3-pointer 15 seconds later before the home Dogs closed the half on a spurt.
Lathan Pawlowicz scored down low for Swanton, Kayden Davis added a putback hoop, and Drew Smigelski hit on a pair of free throws for a 30-11 lead with just under two minutes left. A Swank three trimmed the deficit to 16 at the half.
Edgerton would manage to outscore Swanton 31-27 over the final 16 minutes.
The home Bulldogs were stagnant at times in the second half and the visitors took advantage.
Edgerton scored the first seven of the third period on Corey Everett’s basket on an inbounds play, another Swank triple, plus Cole Meyer’s drive and score that made it a 30-21 game. They got even closer in the fourth quarter.
First, Swanton pushed their lead to 46-35 after Sam Betz’ three-point play with 3:50 remaining as they looked to pull away.
However, Edgerton scored on its next two possessions thanks to hoops from Meyer and Swank. And, with 2:12 to go, Cory Herman stepped to the line and knocked down a pair, pulling the visitors within five (46-41).
“We made some unintelligent plays in the second half and give them credit, I mean the Swank kid, I thought his last three 3s we were all over him. I didn’t even think he knew where the rim was and they all went in nothing but net. So you got to give him credit for making those shots — which obviously allowed them to stay a lot closer than we wanted them to. We got some issues starting the third quarter; we’ve had it about three games in a row now. We’ve got to try and figure out what the problem is and fix it,” said Smith of the second half.
Just five seconds after Herman’s free throws, Luc Borojevich sank a pair for Swanton. He would add two more, while brother Nic was 7 of 8 in the final two minutes, helping Swanton earn the 12-point victory.
Nic Borojevich paced Swanton with 27 points on the night. “He’s a good player,” stated Smith. “We’re counting on him. Sometimes I think we count on him a little too much. Because he’s just one person. At the end of the game there where we had to have ball security and we had to make free throws, he’s the guy that we want with the ball.”
Swank finished with 18 points for Edgerton (1-5).
Swanton (6-0) travels to Stryker (2-5) on Tuesday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.