Sports

Boys Basketball: Ridge Hangs on for 61-55 Win Over Hillside

32d785ae24164518bc04_jeremy_m.jpg
8fe16c5ffdc7629da85e_murphy_passes.jpg
c5cafc0ff22567e4967d_inbounds.jpg
32d785ae24164518bc04_jeremy_m.jpg

HILLSIDE, NJ - The final minutes may have turned out a bit more nerve-racking than they would have hoped, but the Ridge boys basketball team's splendid effort in the second quarter gave the Red Devils enough of a cushion to survive a late rally by Hillside for a 61-55 victory Saturday afternoon.

Ridge led by as much as 28 points in the third quarter before the Comets began chipping away late in that period and then mustered another rally down the stretch of the final quarter.

Chris Feringa scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Ridge (8-12), which sank nearly 50 percent (21 for 43) from the floor and outdid Hillside (5-11) at the foul line. While Ridge hit 17 of 22 foul shots, the hosts were just 11-for-21 from the stripe.

Sign Up for E-News

Ridge trailed, 6-2, midway through the first quarter before unleashing a 14-0 run to take a 10-point lead. Feringa scored five points and Jake Herrera scored four of his 10 points during that spurt. All of Ridge's points in the opening half came from either inside the paint or from the foul line. After Hillside closed to within 16-10, Ridge ran off another 14 consecutive points.

Feringa and Jeremy McCavera each scored on layups to start the run, then Chris Baurkot sank a pull-up jumper for a 22-10 lead. Baurkot provided a boost off the bench, scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second quarter as Ridge finished the half with a 34-16 lead.

Curtis Lyons finished with 12 points and four assists for Ridge and McCavera totaled eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Ridge's lead grew to 46-18 in the third quarter, but Hillside put together a 17-2 rally to come within 13 points, 48-35, heading into the homestretch.

Ridge has won four of its last six games, but even with the Red Devils' improved play--especially at the offensive end--of late, it still may leave them just short of the power points to qualify for the state tournament in Section 2, Group 4, where they stood 17th and needed to surpass Perth Amboy to finish within the qualifying Top 16 in the section. Tomorrow (Feb. 5) is the cutoff for state tournament seedings.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

May 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team has Record-Breaking Short Course Season

May 22, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - In April, Somerset Hills YMCA (SHY) Swim Team Parent Organization celebrated the team’s 2017-2018 season with its annual Awards Banquet held at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. The event celebrates swimmers and the contributions of coaches and parents. This year, the team had quite a few record-breaking accomplishments to be proud of.

As a charitable ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!