BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The Ridge boys basketball team built a 13-point first-quarter lead on its way to a 62-30 victory over Somerset Tech in the opening round of the Somerset County Tournament Saturday.
Ninth-seeded Ridge (9-12) scored the first nine points of the game and found plenty of transition opportunities off of turnovers and outlet passes off the defensive glass. Curtis Lyons, who led the Red Devils with 18 points, got things started with a breakaway layup off the opening tap.
Jeremy McCavera, who owned the defensive boards in the first half, crashed the offensive glass for a follow-up basket. Then Alex Alano found Aidan Murphy streaking ahead of the field for a layup. Murphy then fed Chris Feringa in transition for another fast break basket before McCavera sank one of two free throws to give Ridge a 9-0 lead.
After Somerset Tech (10-10) interrupted the run with a layup for the Jaguars' first points of the game, Ridge answered with a pull-up jumper from Feringa, a coast-to-coast and-one layup after a defensive rebound by McCavera and a 3-point bucket by Murphy. That made it 17-2 and the Red Devils were never headed. McCavera scored eight points in the opening quarter.
Feringa finished with 11 points for Ridge, which outscored Somerset Tech in every quarter. Ridge will travel to eighth-seeded Hillsborough for a second-round SCT game Tuesday night.