Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Devils play to last second shot but go down by 49-46 in title game, in team's second loss of the season.
The Ridge High School boys basketball team knew they would be facing a tough opponent when they traveled to No. 1 seed Linden Monday evening to play for the North 2, Group 4 state championship. Playing in a hostile environment for the first time in the playoffs in the sold-out Linden High School gym, Ridge's players gave it their all but came up short by just three points, despite an opportunity in last few seconds. It looked like it would be a long night for the Devils when Linden went up 8-0 just minutes into the game. "It could have been a 20-point game really quick, but this team is made up of fighters and (we) just keep coming at you and coming at you," said Ridge head coach Brian Feath. And Ridge would storm back to tie the game at 8…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
A defensive battle throughout, decisive fourth quarter secures semifinal win for Ridge.
Ridge and Bridgewater-Raritan high schools have a storied and celebrated rivalry across all sports. Friday night, the Red Devils and Panthers faced off in the North 2, Group 4 boys basketball semifinal to determine who would go to the state championship game Monday night. Ridge ended up taking the game, albeit it would take a 4th quarter surge by the Devils to seal the deal at 43-32. Ridge and Bridgewater both played magnificent defensive games throughout the night as evidenced by the low score through the end of the third quarter. But a last-second 3-point basket by Jake Mahon would spark the Devils in the fourth quarter. "When they gave the ball to me, time was running down so I figured why not shoot it, lucky enough it went in," said …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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) Ridge scoring came from eight players led by senior guard Eric Klacik with 15 points, including a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Devil Morris takes MVP honors as Ridge basketball avenges its one loss of season — to Gill St. Bernard's — in a way that counts.
The Ridge High School boys basketball team hit the courts Saturday looking to avenge their only loss of the 2013 season against the one team that beat them — longtime county rival Gill St. Bernard's from Peapack-Gladstone. Now on the big stage, battling for the Somerset County Championship, Ridge would go on to play a near perfect game for a 69-56 victory against the star-laden and strong Gill squad. Ridge players knew they had to play better than they did just nine days ago when Gill broke their unbeaten streak in a regular season game. "I think it was good that we had that loss," said Red Devil Matt Gerrity. "It brought us together even more." "It is all mental. We prepared like we were going to win the game," said Lane Legband. "Coach […
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Defensive struggle from both teams nets low scoring result
The Ridge High School boys basketball team bounced back Saturday after its first loss of the season with a victory over Hillsborough in the semifinals of the Somerset County Tournament. The two rivals met for the first time this season to vie for a berth in the Somerset County championship game. The hallmarks of both teams are their tenacious defenses. Hillsborough was led by the powerful Matt Hornich whose strength and height affected Ridge's inside game. He was also the game's high scorer, putting in 13 points. Jalen Parham would add 8 points for the Raiders. "Our key was to have the ball inside the paint," said Ridge coach Brian Feath. "These were two great defensive teams. Our focus was to just attack, attack, attack." Big man …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Ridge boys basketball now heads to game with Hillsborough in Somerset County semifinals.
The No. 11-ranked Ridge High School boys basketball team put their 21-game winning streak on the line against the pre-season No. 2-ranked Gill St. Bernard's from Peapack-Gladstone on Thursday night at Ridge. Although Ridge kept it close for most of the first half, Gill kept stacking up the points in the second and third quarters, to finally defeat Ridge, 73-56. Playing in front of packed stands, Ridge was led by junior Kevin Doolan Doolan with 15 points, with good performances on the court from seniors Lane Legband (10 points) and Matt Gerrity (9 points). Ridge fought hard throughout the game but it was Gill's seniors Jaren Sina (20 points) and Austin Colbert (15 points), along with freshman Tyus Battle (14 points) that combined efforts …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Seniors carry scoring led by Jake Mahon at unbeaten team's Senior Night.
Tuesday night was Senior Night for Ridge Red Devils boys basketball, a team riding an amazing unbeaten season. And the game, against state sectional rival Watchung Hills Regional, was a battle the Devils pulled out with gritty determination. The game was scheduled to showcase the senior members of the Ridge squad and they clearly showed they were for real. Ridge was leading by a single point at the half, and Watchung Hills tied the game up at 26 with three minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. It was Devil Jake Mahon who broke it open in the final seconds of the period,scoring a layup and a 3-point basket as part of a 9-point quarter that put Ridge ahead to stay. Seniors Eric Klacik, Matt Gerrity, Lane Legband, Hugh Morris and Jake Mahon…
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Varsity boys basketball team now 20-0 for the season.
The Ridge Red Devils boys basketball started the Somerset County Tournament on Saturday with a 47-36 win over Bridgewater-Raritan, at the first meeting of the two teams this season. The team is now 20-0 for the season. According to the Ridge Hoops website, center Hugh Morris and guards Kevin Doolan and Eric Klacik led a late fourth-quarter run to lead Ridge to a 47-36 win over Bridgewater-Raritan. Ridge advances in the Somerset County Tournament to play the winner of Monday night's Hillsborough-Watching Hills game, according to the website.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Ridge beat county rival Montgomery on Thursday night before heading to Somerset County tournament quarterfinal.
Friday, February 8
The Ridge High School boys basketball team put their season unbeaten record on the line again on Thursday night against county rival, Montgomery. The Devils left the court 19-0 as they head into their first game of the county tournament. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th FINAL Montgomery (14-8) 3 6 18 15 42 Ridge (19-0) 14 18 12 12 56 The Ridge Red Devils came out strong outscoring Montgomery 32-9 in the first half. “Our kids came out ready to play: on fire and focused,” said Ridge head coach Brian Feath. “We were firing on all cylinders right from the get-go.” The Cougars showed their tenacity and tried to make it a game pressing the Devils and putting up 33 points in the second half. “We knew they would make some kind of run: it is high school …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hugh Morris scored career-high 20 points to lead Red Devils to 'impressive' win over Hunterdon Central.
The Ridge Red Devils traveled to Flemington to take on Hunterdon Central Tuesday evening. The No. 13 ranked Ridge team continued an undefeated winning season with a 67-50 victory. Ridge scored the first basket of the evening and never trailed in their game Tuesday evening. The Devils were lead by senior Hugh Morris who lead all scorers with his career high 20 points. "He had the game of his life!" said Ridge coach Brian Feath. "We always say if Hugh brings it, if Hugh plays well, we are a very, very good team. He was focused and brought some good energy, and his teammates did a nice job of finding him as well." "It feels better to get the 16-0, that was what we were going for," Morris said. "Our goal is for all home games in the state …