Edison shoots past East Brunswick in GMC quarterfinals

Edison High School boys' basketball player Shane Doherty knocks down a three-pointer over the outstretched hand of East Brunswick High School's Justin Black during the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on Feb. 20. Edison defeated East Brunswick, 72-48, to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF
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Edison High School boys' basketball player Shane Doherty knocks down a three-pointer over the outstretched hand of East Brunswick High School's Justin Black during the first round of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on Feb. 20. Edison defeated East Brunswick, 72-48, to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

The Edison High School boys’ basketball team made a big statement in its first round matchup against East Brunswick High School in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament on Feb. 20 in Edison.

The Eagles had four players in double figures and knocked down a total of 10 three-pointers to roll past East Brunswick for a 72-48 victory and advance to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament for the first time in two years.

“We wanted to come out ready to play,” said Edison coach Charles Mohr. “The kids played super hard and deserve all the credit. They followed the game plan and believed in it. They played for each. When we play for each other, that’s when we’re at our best.”

Edison never trailed in the contest, getting out to an 8-0 lead thanks to senior Shane Doherty, who scored the first eight points of the contest.

Doherty finished with 14 points in the contest.

Senior Malachi White was a beast in the victory for Edison, scoring 11 of his game-high 21 points in the second quarter to help the Eagles take a commanding 38-20 lead into the half.

Teammate Emanuel Davila finished up right behind White with 20 points in the contest, knocking down four three-pointers in the Edison victory.

Sophomore Niko Barnes recorded 12 points in the contest for the Eagles.

Edison has won six games in a row and is now 17-5 on the season.

Senior Desola Awoyode led the way for East Brunswick with a team-high 11 points, while teammate Devin Kennedy scored nine points in the contest.

With the loss, East Brunswick is 11-11 on the season.

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