WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Here's a look at Wood-Ridges Monday night first-round NJSIAA boys basketball playoff game.
#15 Wood-Ridge (10-15) versus #2 Bogota (19-4)
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM WOOD-RIDGE - Senior guard Andrew Marino has been coming on strong in the last few games, averaging 24 points per game for the Blue Devils. At 6-4, he is the Blue Devils biggest player, but do not expect to see him in the post for Wood-Ridge, as Marino is best when he firing away from behind the three point line and driving the ball as the team’s offensive trigger.
Marino has 504 points on the season season. Fellow seniors Jack Barteck (8.9 points per game), and Luke Vu-Nguyen (10.5 ppg) also carry the scoring from the back court, with Barteck leading the way in assists. A fourth senior, John Whaley (7.9 ppg) is a three-point threat, and has made 64 three-pointers this season, and only two from inside the three-point line.
Bogota will have to watch behind the three point line, as Wood-Ridge has made 7.5 three pointers per game.
Player to watch: Sophmore Ryan Sarver has come up from the JV team and forced his way into the rotation with his quickness and streak shooting. For much of the season, he was buried behind the seniors, but a 31-point outburst against North Arlington the night Marino broke the 1000 point mark changed that. At 5-8 he is small, but has a big range, and is another Blue Devil player with more three pointers made (36) than two pointers, 20.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM BOGOTA - The number two seed in the bracket has one thing that most Group 1 schools do not have, size. With three players listed at 6-3 in their top seven, the Buccaneers are hard to stop inside when they choose to go there. They rebound well, which puts an effective transition game into motion.
Led by high scoring guards Argenis Soriano and Deiker Padrino, the Buccaneers are also effective from outside the three-point line. Padrino joined the prestigious 1000 point scorer list at Bogota earlier in the season. Xavier Byrd is the third guard.
Inside the trio of Timothy Uzor, Ben Lukabu and Ashanti Caviness have controlled the boards for the Bucs this season.
COMMON OPPONENTS: Against common opponents, Bogota is 5-0, Wood-Ridge 1-4 . Wood-Ridge split a pair of game against Palisades Park, was swept by Hasbrouck Heights, and lost to Emerson.
Bogota swept Emerson and Palisades Park, and defeated Hasbrouck Heights last Thursday evening.
UP NEXT - The winner of this game, plays the winner of 10th seeded Palisades Park versus 7th Seeded New Milford.