Edwards' huge night leads Twinsburg past Copley

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published:

Twinsburg boys basketball's season opening win against Copley showcased why A.J. Edwards showed why he's one of the best kept secrets in northeast Ohio.

Tiger coach Bob Pacsi was thrilled that his team had a big 57-53 non-league win in overtime Nov. 30 over a strong Indian program.

"It played out exactly how we wanted and it's great to beat a strong team with three starters back and some talented transfers," said Pacsi, as the Tigers outscored Copley 11-7 in overtime.

"If we play well it's a valuable game win or lose, and the guys did a nice job with some good flow in that overtime. We had a spotless floor game in the OT."

Edwards, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, went off against Copley with possibly his best game ever. He had 21 points, snagged a whopping 19 rebounds, blocked six shots, had four assists, three steals, and two three-pointers.

"A.J. had an outstanding beginning to the year and he did everything," said Pacsi.

Edwards was an All-District player last year and being looked at by Gannon University.

"We saw a few things we can get better at and it's much better to play a team like Copley (13-7 in 2011) and not some patsy in a game that the kids won't learn anything," Pacsi

Missing five free throws (1-of-6) in overtime didn't make Pacsi happy, zero turnovers in the extra period, strong team defense and his eight player rotation was positive. Twinsburg overcame a 21-9 deficit in the second quarter.

"We learned about our rotation and our newcomers and we had a lot of contributions to help A.J.," said Pacsi.

Senior guard Jalen Washington added 13 points and dished out six assists, while junior Tay Johnson poured in a career-high 11 points off the bench in his varsity debut.

"Tay had an outstanding game and he did a great job going to the basket," said Pacsi.

Twinsburg played at Strongsville Dec. 4, but final results of the game was not available as press time.

Junior forward Marcus Wallace added six points while senior guard Cooper Rea worked hard on defense and had five points and four assists. Senior wing Sean Marable added a field goal.

Copley was led by guard William Andrew (14 points) and guard Jayln Tyler (13).

Twinsburg did a good job defensively against Copley standout Kenny Paramore, who had only four field goals and 10 points.

The Tigers host North Royalton on Dec. 11 and opens Northeast Ohio Conference River Division action Dec. 14 at home against arch rival Solon. Twinsburg plays at defending champion Lyndhurst Brush on Dec. 18. All games start at 7:30 p.m.

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