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Ridgewood advances in Ram Classic

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Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Ridgewood coach Gary Anders was a lot happier Tuesday night following the Rams 71-55 win against Riverview in the semifinals of the Hulton Ram Classic on Tuesday at Ridgewood.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Anders questioned his team's effort after jumping out to an early lead against Palm Harbor University in the first round of the tournament on Monday. The Rams eventually won the game 61-51 but Anders knew his players would have to show more effort in their remaining two games if they were going to repeat as champions.

"I was really happy with the kids (Tuesday) - their attitude" Anders said. "We had a little talk after (Monday's) game. I asked them if they were ready (Tuesday) and they said, 'Coach, we're focused' I was very happy they accepted a challenge We've still got our good moments and our bad moments but everybody does."

Against Riverview (5-6), the Rams jumped out to a 24-11 first-quarter lead but unlike Monday's game, Ridgewood (9-3) didn't ease up. By halftime, the Rams had increased their lead to 37-21. The Sharks put some pressure on the Rams in the third quarter, forcing turnovers with their press. But the closest Riverview could get was 10 - 45-35 - but by the end of the quarter, Ridgewood was back on top by 15 (54-39).

"I think we got a little careless at times," Anders said. "That's just something we've got to play through. I thought the effort was good. Even though were had some lapses, it wasn't for lack of effort. I keep telling the kids, and I think they get sick of hearing it, but if you play hard and play together, I can take the result any day."

Ridgewood finished with 21 turnovers but shot 28-of-55 (50.9 percent) while Riverview only managed 43.8 percent from the field (21-of-48) and committed 16 turnovers.

"We didn't execute on the offensive end," Riverview coach Dwayne Perry said. "But it was a good lesson for us. I'm dealing with a bunch of young men that have never really played before. One night we'll make (free throws), one night we won't."

The Sharks, who will play Lakeland Jenkins in the third-place game Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., only made 8-of-17 free throws (47.1 percent) while Ridgewood connected on 12-of-18 (66.7 percent).

Brandon Samuels of Riverview led all scorers with 25 points while Charles Jones (16 points), Jacob Rauh (15) and Michael Wood (14) paced Ridgewood.

The Rams will face Brandon (4-8) in Wednesday's championship game at 7:15 p.m. Brandon converted its free throws down the stretch to hold off Lakeland Jenkins 53-44.

Brandon scored the first basket of the final quarter to take a 38-29 lead but Jenkins (4-5) went on a 12-4 run to cut the lead to 42-41 with 3:02 remaining. After Jenkins missed a chance to take the lead when it failed to convert two free throws with 2:55 remaining, Brandon finished the game on a 9-3 run, including 5-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Travis Green paced Brandon with 24 points while Chris Burgess led Jenkins with 19.

In the consolation semifinals, Zephyrhills defeated Palm Harbor 50-46 and St. Petersburg Catholic downed Land O' Lakes 45-40.

BRANDON 53, LAKELAND JENKINS 44

BRANDON (53) - Green 9 6-6 24, Lamar 1 5-7 7, Bradley 3 1-2 8, Seymour 1 0-0 3, Johnson 2 3-5 7, Jadon Stringfellow 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 15-20 53.

JENKINS (44) - Rutledge 3 0-1 6, Burgess 6 5-7 19, Stevenson 5 2-3 12, Clark 2 3-6 7. Totals 16 10-17 44.

Brandon9131417-53Jenkins1361015-44 3-point goals - Bradley, Seymour (B); Burgess 2 (J). Total fouls - B 12, J 17. Records - B 4-8, J 4-5.

RIDGEWOOD 71, RIVERVIEW 55

RIVERVIEW (55) - Jones 1 1-4 3, Miles 0 2-2 2, Gordils 1 0-0 2, Dasque 3 0-0 6, Samuels 10 4-7 25, Evans 5 2-5 12, Lilly 2 1-1 5. Totals 22 8-17 55.

RIDGEWOOD (71) - Jones 5 4-5 16, Verra 4 0-0 9, Kessler 2 0-0 4, Green 1 0-0 2, Wood 6 2-4 14, Rauh 5 5-7 15, Kujak 3 1-2 7, Hamzic 2 0-0 4. Totals 28 12-18 71.

Riverview11101815-55Ridgewood24131717-71 3-point goals - Samuels (RV); Jones 2, Verra (RW). Records - RV 5-6, RW 9-3.

ST. PETERSBURG CATHOLIC 45, LAND O' LAKES 40

ST. PETE CATHOLIC (45) - Knippen 3 4-4 13, Green 0 1-2 1, Foreman 4 0-1 8, Cooper 3 5-10 12, Radosevich 1 0-0 3, Holmes 2 0-0 4, Dexter 0 2-2 2, Cunningham 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 12-21 45.

LAND O' LAKES (40) - Lloyd 1 0-0 2, Senoga 2 2-3 7, Thomopalos 0 2-4 2, Jackson Connor 2 5-9 9, Bartles 3 4-6 10, Stover 1 0-0 2, Perry 0 1-4 1, Jacob Connor 3 1-2 7. Totals 12 15-28 40.

SPC961020-45LOL791113-40 3-point goals - Cooper, Radosevich (SPC); Senoga (L). Records - SPC 5-5, LOL 2-8.

ZEPHYRHILLS 50, PALM HARBOR UNIVERSITY 46

ZEPHYRHILLS (50) - Farrell 5 1-5 13, Roberts 3 2-2 8, McLeod 2 0-2 4, Wable 3 0-0 6, Angail 1 0-1 2, Jackson 2 4-5 8, Mani 3 1-2 7, Novak 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 10-19 50.

PALM HARBOR (46) - Evans 5 0-0 15, McKellar 0 1-2 1, McNeely 5 1-2 14, Schwartz 1 2-3 5, Landing 3 1-2 9, Foor 1 0-1 2. Totals 15 5-8 46.

Zephyrhills17121110-50Palm Harbor1510716-46
3-point goals - Farrell 2 (Z); Evans 5, McNeely 3, Landing 2, Schwartz (PH). Records - Z 7-4, PH 2-7.

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