In his return to Lansing, Fredrick Edmond scored 40 points, but it wasn’t enough, as his Kingdom Prep squad fell to St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, 113-109, in double overtime.
Edmond, who went to Eastern, wasn’t the only Lansing player back in the area on Thursday night. East Lansing’s Tracy Edmond and Lansing Catholic’s Stevie Repichowski were also part of the Kingdom Prep team that was at Don Johnson Field House.
“It was very special,” said Tracy Edmond. “I got to play in front of my family and friends, and they were looking forward to it.”
Kingdom Prep wasted no time asserting its dominance. It scored the first nine points in the game and pushed its lead to as large as 21 points before hitting halftime with a 59-39 lead.
In the middle of it all was Fredrick Edmond. Playing in his former gym, he scored 25 points in the first half, which he capped off with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
But things fell apart in the second half and St John’s was able to get back into the game. Kansas State-bound Jevon Thomas was the star in the victory, as he finished with 37 points.
Displaying an array of dunks, 3-pointers and crisp passes, Fredrick Edmond finished with 40 points before fouling out in the second overtime.
Tracy Edmond had 18 points, including nine in overtime, while Repichowski finished with 6 points.
Letting the game slip away was tough for Kingdom Prep to come to terms with after the game.
“We need to just get in the gym and work harder,” said Fredrick Edmond. “Next game, we need to learn from our mistakes.”
When Kingdom Prep returns to Iowa, the Lansing trio won’t feel too far from home, as all three players live together.
“Tracy, Fredrick and I are roommates, which made things a little easier became I knew two other guys coming in,” Repichowski said.
But the three players will spread out across the country after this season. Repichowski is headed to Tulsa, while both Edmonds have yet to make a decision on college.
Tracy Edmond has had interest from Northern Illinois, while Fredrick Edmond has heard from Western Kentucky, Texas &M, Texas Tech and Providence.