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Boys basketball: Jones leads Ridgewood to title

The Tampa Tribune Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM

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NEW PORT RICHEY When Charles Jones gets hot, he's hard to stop.

Just ask the Brandon Eagles. Jones scored 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as Ridgewood held on for a 52-49 victory in the championship of the Hulton Ram Classic on Wednesday at Ridgewood.

"We've seen him get on rolls before," Ridgewood coach Gary Anders said. "Some of his shots are really great shots - when they go in. He gets into a zone where he's really confident with what he's doing."

Brandon (4-9) battled back from a 21-13 first-quarter deficit to hold a 38-37 lead heading into the final quarter. Jones hit a 3-point goal with 4:43 remaining to tie the score at 42, and after two free throws by Michael Wood gave Ridgewood (10-3) a 44-43 lead, Jones scored the Rams' final eight points to seal the win.

The Eagles had a final chance to tie the score as Charles Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining and Brandon got the ball back on a turnover, but Johnson's 3-point attempt at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.

Johnson, Da-Vonte Lamar and Xavier Bradley scored 14 points each for Brandon while Johnson was the only double-figure scorer for Ridgewood.

Rick Harmon

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