When Lansing Eastern boys basketball team is on – offensely and defensely, it’s a really tough club to beat.
Lansing Everett learned Friday night that when the Quakers are not they’re still better than most.
Frederick Edmond led a talent superior Eastern team to a 65-39 rout over the Vikings.
The senior has been looked to pick up the scoring slack this year with the departure of LaDonte Henton. Edmond has done alright in that category. he’s averaged 27 points a game and against Everett he poured in 31 points, 18 in the second half – of which 11 came in the third quarter.
“We started a little slow but then turned it on in the third quarter,” Edmund said. “My strengths are going strong to the basket and crashing the boards.”
Quaker basketball coach Rod Watts also appreciates Edmond’s basketball knowledge.
“I am able to put Frederick on the floor with the reserves because he has a high basketball IQ.” Watts explained. “He’s a workhorse. Fredrick blocks shots, rebounds, shares the ball and scores. He’s my conference MVP.”
Everett, meanwhile, continued to struggle at the offensive end.
“We’ve had problems all year scoring. We’re shooting just 30 percent from the floor,” said venerable Everett coach, Johnny Jones. “We played a little better in the first half, especially the second quarter. Eastern killed us on the offensive glass. They have a good basketball team.”
Lansing Eastern led 18-9 after the opening eight minutes. Everett outscored the host 15-14 in the second quarter to pull within eight (32-24) at halftime. The Quakers, however, outscored the Vikings 33-15 over the final two quarters.
Lansing Eastern improves to 13-2 overall and 9-1 in league play. Everett is now 3-11 overall and 1-9 in the conference.