Olden, Reed spark Edison State men to tournament win


PIQUA — In the early going of the Edison State Community College men’s basketball team’s NJCAA Region XII, District C quarterfinal with Clark State Tuesday night, the Eagles were matching the Chargers basket-for-basket and led 17-16.

But, Jakob Reed entered the game and along with Shaeden Olden gave the Chargers the spark that ignited into a fire Clark State couldn’t put out in a 109-81 Edison victory.

Edison State improved to 19-8 with the win at will play at Hocking College Thursday in the semifinals.

Clark State finished at 7-19.

“Those guys really gave us a spark,” Edison coach Kyle Vanover said. “Jakob is just a pure shooter. I am always telling him,’Shoot the ball’. Shaeden (Olden) did a great job. Early in the season, we had some kids playing hero ball — but these guys do a great job of getting the ball to the guys are hitting. They are really unselfish.”

Olden, who had entered the game earlier, had a 3-point play to give the Chargers a 19-17 lead they would never relinquish. The two would combined for 25 points the rest of the half as Edison went on 32-14 run to take a 48-31 halftime lead.

“You just have to let the game come to you,” Olden said. “You just have to take advantage when you have the opportunity.”

Reed would scored 11 points for Edison as the Chargers took a 32-21 lead.

He hit three straight 3-pointers and followed it with a short jumper.

“That is kind of my role on this team,” Reed said. “I felt good when I was warming up. I did (feel confident after the first 3-pointer went in).”

Olden had a thunderous dunk and just took off from there.

He would hit two 3-pointers and scored 15 points in the run, including the final basket of the half.

Jaylen Robinson would open the second half with five straight points and Ibrahima Athie followed with a big dunk to make it 55-31 and the Chargers coasted from there.

Olden would hit nine of 13 shots from the floor — including five of nine from long range — and finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

He looks forward to the challenge of the semifinal game with Hocking.

“Like coach (Kyle Vanover) said, we were ahead of them both times we played them,” Olden said. “It is just a matter of executing.”

Athie dominated the paint all night, finishing with 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Reed would scored 19 points.

He hit eight of 15 shots from the floor, including three of six from long range.

Robinson added 13 points, five assists and three steals.

Lorenzo Lewis had nine points, Sekou Maiga had seven points and six rebounds and Jordan Howard added six points and 10 rebounds.

Edison was 44 of 81 from the floor for 54 percent, including 10 of 26 from long range for 39 percent.

The Chargers converted 11 of 17 free throws for 65 percent, had 57 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

Vanover likes where his team is at heading into Thursday’s semifinal matchup.

“Things have come together for us at the right time,” he said. “It is just a matter of making our layups, hitting our shots and executing.”

As they attempt to keep the spark burning.

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