BELLEVILLE — Edwardsville was determined not to endure two subpar games in a row.
The Tigers, coming off a loss to Belleville East on Tuesday, made amends Friday with an 81-66 spanking of Belleville West in a Southwestern Conference game.
Edwardsville (6-1 overall, 2-1 SWC) got a game-high 30 points from senior Tre Harris and shot 58 percent from the field (29-for-50).
"We had a sour taste in our mouth from the Belleville East game," Harris said of the 55-48 loss to the Lancers in Edwardsville. "We wanted to come back and practice Wednesday and work real hard. That's what we did. Our shots weren't falling, so we got in practice and started working on our jumpers a lot.
"It showed in this game. Guys found me open and I was knocking down shots, Drew was knocking down shots and everybody was just flowing real good."
Junior Armon Fletcher had 16 points for Edwardsville, while senior Drew Curtis had 15 and senior Garret Covington had 12.
The Tigers were 10-for-18 on 3-pointers, with Harris doing most of the damage by going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Curtis and Covington had two 3-pointers apiece and Fletcher had one.
"We come into this season with high expectations, wanting to do big things," said Harris, who was 11-for-15 overall. "That loss (to East) was a real shock to us. We wanted to come back and get some revenge, I guess you could say. We came back out and played real well."
West coach Joe Muniz was wary of the Tigers, who he knew were not likely to have another poor performance.
"They shot the ball exceptionally well," Muniz said. "They didn't shoot the ball real well Tuesday night, so they took their frustration out on us tonight and didn't miss anything. Put five players like they put on the floor --and they all can score and they all were shooting the ball well --it's hard to guard."
Senior Nick Van Osdale led the Maroons (4-1, 1-1) with 21 points, but Van Osdale was held without a shot in the second quarter when Edwardsville outscored the Maroons 25-15 to take a 44-32 lead at halftime.
Van Osdale, who faced triangle-and-two and box-and-one defenses, finished 6-for-13 from the field with four 3-pointers, one of them coming from about 28 feet during West's comeback attempt in the third quarter.
"They did a good job taking him away," Muniz said. "He had to work for everything he got. They're good. They're not a Top-10 team in the state for no reason."
Senior Isaiah Lewis had 16 points for the Maroons before fouling out with 1:05 left in the game. Senior Donnie Foster had 12 points and senior Markkies Goodwin had 11. The Maroons were 24-for-49 from the field (49 percent).
West trailed 19-17 after one quarter, but Edwardsville grabbed a 32-21 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Covington and Harris. Two free throws by junior Shawn Roundtree put the Tigers ahead by 12 at the intermission.
Edwardsville seemed to be on the verge of a blowout when Curtis popped a 3-pointer to put the Tigers ahead 51-36 with 5:12 to play in the third quarter. That's when West went on a 10-0 run to climb within 51-46 at the 3:21 mark.
Van Osdale's long 3-pointer from above the key made it 51-44, and after an Edwardsville turnover, Foster scored along the baseline to cut the gap to five. But Harris hit two 3-pointers to held the Tigers regain control at 59-48 with less than minute left in the period.
The Maroons were no closer than eight in the fourth quarter.
"We executed a lot of things good offensively tonight," Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo said. "I thought our guys really did a good job of reading things and screening and cutting well. I thought we did a very good job passing the ball.
"Belleville West is a very good team. Fundamentally, they're good. Their defense is good. Their players are good. It's a good win to beat them here --a very good win."
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