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Ridgway boys basketball rebounded after its first loss of the season with an 81-39 victory over Kane Wednesday night at Ridgway Area High School.
Ridgway coach Anthony Allegretto said it was a tough game to prepare for after the Tuesday night game against Johnsonburg. This was also a makeup game which was originally scheduled for Jan. 13 but was snowed out.
"It's tough to come out and play after having that big, huge game and the excitement of playing against one of the top teams in the district," Allegretto said.
The Elkers were in control right from the start and had the 40-point mercy clock in effect in the third quarter. Jordan Lundin and Jesse Reynolds led Ridgway with 16 points each. Alex Oknefski and Keith Zawatski each finished with 10 points.
Jeff Kocjancic led the Wolves with 10 points.
Ridgway scored the first seven points of the game. Aaron Sorge poured in a basket on the initial possession for Ridgway and Reynolds followed with a 3-pointer, one of four on the game for the Elkers. Ridgway had nine treys as a team.
"We haven't shot the ball real well all season," Allegretto said. "We've had a game here and a game there. This was one of the best pure shooting nights we've had. In the first quarter, (Aaron) Sorge had a couple of pullup jumpers. Josh Mitchell had a couple of elbow jumpers. Okie (Alex Oknefski) came in during the third and hit a couple elbow jumpers. We need to shoot the ball with confidence."
A Matheson field goal upped the lead to 7-0 before Kocjancic put the Wolves on the board. Lundin and Tyler Ennis alternated field goals before Oknefski added his first points of the game for an 11-4 lead near the 5-minute mark of the first quarter.
After a Lundin free throw, John Bedford added an inside shot for the Wolves. After three straight Elker points, Zane Hodgdon added a 3-point play as the Wolves trailed 15-9 in the latter stages of the first quarter. Ridgway closed out the quarter on an 8-0 run. Reynolds nailed a 3-pointer and Lundin finished with five straight points including a shot from beyond the arc to close out the quarter with the Elkers ahead 23-9.
"We played very well at the beginning," Allegretto said. "Jesse shot the ball well, he had four out of five threes in the first half. It's great to get his confidence going. Jordan, Aaron Sorge and Eric all played a great floor game."
Bedford started the second quarter with a field goal for Kane and Lundin answered with one of his own for Ridgway. After a Lundin free throw, Kocjancic added a hoop for the Wolves to make the margin 26-13 near the 6-minute point of the second quarter. The Elkers ripped off a quick 6-0 spurt as Matheson, Sam Roselli and Josh Mitchell each added buckets.
A Kocjancic hoop for Kane preceded two straight treys from Reynolds to make the margin 38-15. Ridgway closed out the half on a 6-2 run and led 44-17 at halftime.
Kane would stay on 17 points for the first half of the third quarter as Ridgway put together a 13-0 run to enact the mercy clock. Mitchell, Sorge and Oknefski added field goals for the Elkers and a Lundin 3-point play put the lead to 53-17. Oknefski then nailed two straight mid-range jumpers to put the lead at 57-17 with four minutes left. Allegretto said Roselli, Mitchell and Oknefski did a good job hitting jump shots from the post.
"We got some good jump shots out of Okie, Josh and Sam played well when he went in," Allegretto said. "We just need those post guys to hit those shots in the big games, get the ball to them, square them up and score. It was good to see that."
From there, the teams began to empty the benches as younger players and backups got a chance for playing time at the varsity level.
Kane had 15 points in the fourth quarter, the most of any quarter in the game. The Wolves had seven players score points, Ridgway had nine.
Kane (1-20) closes out the regular season on Friday at Curwensville. Ridgway (19-1) is scheduled to host Coudersport on Friday for Senior Night.
"Every game from here on out is going to be a big game for us," Allegretto said.
In Wednesday's junior varsity game, Ridgway won by a margin of 60-18.