His father, Bob Eidson, has been the Buccaneers’ junior varsity coach as long as Alex has been alive, and his older brother, Adam, played for the Bucs several years ago.
Now a senior on the Bucs’ varsity basketball team, Eidson wasn’t about to let his career at Grand Haven come to an end in Monday’s Class A district opener against Kenowa Hills.
“I’ve been around the program since I was 2 years old, and the one thing that stands out is, it’s gone so fast,” Eidson said after scoring 19 points in his team’s 62-43 win on Monday.
“I remember watching my brother, and even before that, traveling with the team back when coach (Craig) Taylor was coaching the team. I remember watching Josh Walters shoot the ball from everywhere.”
Eidson joined the Buccaneers’ varsity squad as a sophomore two years ago. He’s been knocking down big shots ever since, but this year, as the lone returning starter and a senior, it was his turn to take over as a leader both on and off the court. Eidson hasn’t disappointed. He leads the team in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (5.5 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg) on the season. And with the season on the line Monday, Eidson again came up big, finishing with team highs points (19), rebounds (6) and assists (4).
There have been some times when Eidson has tried to do too much on his own. There have been games where Eidson has scored in the 20s, but the team has fallen flat.
According to coach Steve Hewitt, the Bucs’ best games this winter have been the games when Eidson has played within the system, scoring on his own when shots are available while setting up his teammates as well.
“Alex really did a good job of deciding when to shoot and when he needed to pass,” Bucs’ coach Steve Hewitt said. “We’re so much better when we share the ball on offense.”
On Monday, Eidson provided a pair of key plays that sparked the Bucs. First, he scored on a tough drive to the basket in traffic in the closing moments of the first half, giving his team a 25-20 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, with the game still hanging in the balance, Eidson gunned down a long 3-pointer, was fouled, and hit the free throw for a four-point play.
All he wanted to talk about after the game, however, was his teams’ defense.
“We picked up the intensity, starting pressing,” Eidson said. “Sean (Steffel) got the steal and the and-one. That was huge. It all started with the defensive pressure. Sean, Kevin (LaCroix) and Isaak (Newhouse) created a lot of turnovers and made them shoot tough shots, and when they’re taking tough shots, we’re going the other way.
“A lot of guys have sacrificed themselves on the defensive end. We’ve got a lot of hard workers out there. I try to do the same thing, just give what I can.”
Eidson and his fellow Buccaneer seniors — Jeremy Lattig, Matt Kroll, Matt Davis, Danny Cotter and Brent Boerma — will again put their season on the line on Wednesday against Mona Shores in the district semifinals.
“For a lot of us, this is our last sport in high school, and we’re not ready for it to end,” Eidson said. “When we play well and play hard, we’re not easy to beat. We’re playing well when it counts. Now we need to go to practice and get ready for Mona Shores.