Edmiston plays well, but Rifle tops ’Dogs

Jacob Edmiston is a tough basketball player.

The Palisade senior is not blessed with great height, as he’s listed at 6-foot-2. However, that didn’t stop Edmiston from pulling down 16 rebounds Friday in a 67-61 loss to Rifle at home.

Despite’s Edmiston’s efforts on the boards, the Bears put together a 40-point second half to edge Palisade in a game in which the Bulldogs led from the second quarter until late in the fourth quarter.

“Jake is about 90 percent and he did a great job,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “If we can just follow his lead and get some other things going, I think we will be OK.”

Edmiston led all scorers with 24 points despite still being affected by a calf injury. Playing through the pain, Edmiston scored three straight buckets in the paint to help Palisade overcome a 12-4 deficit halfway through the first quarter.

Edmiston gave the Bulldogs their first lead in the second quarter when he put back an offensive rebound.

“I think I wasn’t getting accounted for, and if you are not getting boxed out, you have to step up and get the rebound,” Edmiston said.

Palisade took a 32-27 halftime lead when Nate Yanez stole the ball from a Rifle player with less than 10 seconds left and scored.

It looked as if the Bulldogs would carry their momentum into the second half when they pushed their lead to 38-27 before Rifle called a timeout. The Bears came out of the break and employed a full-court press, which help them cut the lead to 49-47 heading into the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, it was Bears leaders Tyler Rust and Nate Laudick who helped finish the game. The duo combined for 39 points, with Rust adding 22 and Laudick scoring 17.

“It is good that we are able to compete,” Phillips said. “It is disappointing that you play well
enough to win and have a chance to win. The next step will be executing those key possessions late.”


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