Boys Basketball

Edwardsville avoids upset, defeats Collinsville in overtime to remain perfect in SWC

Collinsville’s attempt at a major upset fell short Tuesday against its longtime rival.

Edwardsville grabbed the lead for good on a 3-pointer by junior Mark Smith with 55 seconds in overtime and the Tigers held on for a 57-54 victory over the host Kahoks in a Southwestern Conference game.

The game was tied at 52 after regulation. Senior Tommy Maden dropped in a layup to give Collinsville a 54-52 lead with 1:11 left, but Smith followed quickly with his 3-pointer that gave the Tigers their one-point lead.

Sammy Green added a pair of free throws with 17.7 seconds left for Edwardsville, which improved to 20-4 overall and 11-0 in the SWC. Smith led the Tigers with 26 points.

“Our guys did a lot of things well tonight, but I thought Collinsville played a good game,” said Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo, whose club has won 13 of 14. “They were hard to defend because they had a lot of guys make 3s.

“(Senior) Chrys Colley had an excellent game defensively and offensively. Mark Smith played a great floor game and took opportunities when they were there. He did a lot of things well against their defense.”

Collinsville (9-16, 1-10) lost for the seventh time in eight games. Senior Zach Flora and Maden led the Kahoks with 13 points apiece. Junior Sam Webb had 10.

“They made some shots when they needed to make them,” Kahoks coach Darin Lee said. “But we played a little better and we did a better job of sharing the basketball.”

Edwardsville played without muscular 6-foot-5 junior A.J. Epenesa, who was serving a one-game suspension after being called for two technical fouls Friday at Granite City. Epenesa, the Iowa football recruit, averages 16.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.