Roundup: The Eddies get a share of the title, the Vikings continue to fight – Leader Publications

NILES — While visiting Edwardsburg, he beat Niles in Wolverine Conference South Division men’s basketball on Friday night, the Eddies getting a huge favor from Dowagiac.

Heading into Friday night’s game against the Vikings, Edwardsburg and Three Rivers were tied at 4-2 atop the South Division standings.

When the smoke cleared, the Eddies had defeated the Vikings 64-47, while Dowagiac had eliminated Three Rivers 52-39, giving Edwardsburg a share of the South Division championship.

Edwardsburg can claim the outright division title on Friday night when they face Sturgis.

The Eddies (12-4, 5-2 Wolverine South) got off to a slow start against the Vikings.

Edwardsburg and Niles (5-11, 1-5 Wolverine South) were tied 7-7 after eight minutes, while the Eddies edged Niles 21-19 at halftime.

It was all Edwardsburg in the final 16 minutes as the Eddies outscored the Vikings 43-28 to claim the win.

Edwardsburg played without starter Isaac Merrill, who was out with a minor ankle sprain. Eddies’ trainer Steve Wright said he should be back soon.

“He wasn’t 100%,” he said. “I told him we just had to go with what we had and get him back to good health.”

Jake Moore scores a game-high 20 points for Edwardsburg, which also got 17 points from Luke Stowasser and seven points each from Matt Anders and Brendan Byce.

Niles was managed by transfer Jayson Johnson, who was playing his first game for the Vikings. He came off the bench and scored 13 points. Austin Bradley finished with nine points and Elijah Hester eight.

“I think we did a lot of good things,” Wright said. “I thought defensively the guys were playing hard and were in the right places. Sometimes you can be in the right place and they just hit hard. I thought in the second half we had a lot of breaks. Moore hit some hard shots for us. Luke makes breakaways and I thought [Mason] Crist did a great job at distributing the basketball.

The Eddies host Lakeshore tonight in a non-conference contest.

Niles travels to South Haven to face former BCS Athletic Conference foe and former Wolverine Conference member South Haven in a non-league match.

Nils to Sturgis

Visiting Niles lost its fourth straight game as Sturgis held off a fourth-quarter rally for a 48-46 Conference South Division Wolverine victory on Monday night.

The Vikings trailed 11-7 after one quarter and 29-17 at halftime. Niles started to take the lead in the third quarter and continued to do so in the final eight minutes, but couldn’t close the halftime deficit.

Mike Phillips and Hester led Niles with 11 points apiece, while Demitrius Butler added seven points.

Sturgis (8-9, 3-4 Wolverine South) was led by Jacob Thompson’s record 32 points. JJ Stevens added 12.

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