BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan boys basketball team got the best of an early-season showdown in the Skyland Conference with a 50-29 victory over Ridge Thursday night.

Justin Bryant scored 14 points for Bridgewater-Raritan (3-0), which took a nine-point halftime lead with a 21-9 burst in the second quarter. The Panthers led, 36-27, after three quarters before closing the game out with a 14-2 run. Aaron Gao finished with 13 points in the victory.

Jeremy McCavera scored 14 points and Chris Feringa finished with 10 points for Ridge (1-2), which capped a tough week in which the Red Devils also lost to one of the most highly regarded teams in the state, Gill-St. Bernard's, on Tuesday.