Ridge Boys Basketball Moves On After First Round States Win
Despite lacking the finesse on the court the team showed last Saturday, the Red Devils win decisively in first round of state playoffs.
In a 19-point win that lacked the refined teamwork of last Saturday's Somerset County tournament win, the Ridge High School Red Devils won their N2G4 first-round states basketball game Monday night against Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Ridge faced a strong inside defense in their visiting opponent and had some trouble getting started from the field. "This time of year, a win is a win, you win and you advance," said Ridge head coach Brian Feath. "Obviously, we had a bit of a letdown from Saturday. It is something we talked about, but we didn't respond very well. We'll take the win and move on."
(North 2 Group 4)
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Ridge scoring came from eight players led by senior guard Eric Klacik with 15 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe. Hugh Morris — MVP in the Somerset County Tournament — added 11 points and Matt Gerrity posted 8 points for Ridge. The team notched its season record up to 25-1.
"Coming off of Saturday we were expecting we'd be fired up but that didn't happen," said Klacik. "It was a wake up call for us. We'll get them on Wednesday," he said of the upcoming quarterfinals North 2, Group 4 championship playoffs.
Ridge will face North Hunterdon for the third time this season at home at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the next round of the N2G4 playoffs. If Ridge wins, the Red Devils will move onto the semifinals, scheduled for Friday night.