Ridgway Pounds Visiting Moniteau 53-20

RIDGWAY, Pa. (D9Sports.com) – Is it a new style or the same style with better players?

That seemed to be the debate Monday night about the style of play Ridgway employed in a 53-20 thumping of visiting Moniteau.

The Elkers employed a full-court defense that transitioned into a breakneck offense that saw them score 20 first-quarter points and 33 first-half tallies while tiring out a Moniteau team that wasn’t nearly as deep.

“I know it’s going to come hard for you to believe, but it’s the exact same style we played last year,” Ridgway head coach Tony Allegretto said. “But while last year we wouldn’t shoot for 20 seconds, this year we have a lot more scorers and a lot more depth. And we will go down and know that fouls aren’t going to be an issue as much as last year. We didn’t have the ball handling we have this year. We lost our point guard last year or we would have played exactly the same way we do now. As you saw, when we get the lead, we take longer possessions and make the other team play defense. We try to get easy shots or get you in foul trouble. That’s basically the same way we have always been playing. We will allow more more shots and more possessions now. Last year, we tried to cut the possessions down because we weren’t as talented and didn’t have the depth.”

New style or a more uptempo version of last year’s style, the Elkers looked liked an unstoppable force against Moniteau.

Ridgway shot the lights out going 25 of 42 from the floor (59.5 percent) with 12 of the 17 missed shots ending up in offensive rebounds a big reason why it was able to out rebound Moniteau 43-10.

The Elkers defense was outstanding limiting the Warriors to 8 of 41 shooting (19.5 percent) and just 11 points over the final three quarters. Moniteau also turned the ball over 17 times.

Ridgway started taking control the game around the halfway point of the first quarter when it used a 10-2 quarter-ending run to expand a 3-point lead, 10-7, into a 20-9 advantage at the end of the quarter.

“I kind of expected this,” Moniteau head coach Jerrod Markle said. “I knew they were going to be physical and they were going to be big. We are trying to prepare for those types of teams in the KSAC. That’s why we were up here, to get that type of look.

“I thought we played well and competed. We just didn’t make enough shots and rebound well enough to keep it close.”

The Elkers then really took flight in the second quarter outscoring Moniteau 13-2 in the quarter with the Warriors lone bucket coming just before the horn on a shot by Aaron Marterella.

“We wanted them all to handle the ball and make them speed up,” Allegretto said. “We were able to do that. I think we caught them a little bit my surprise when we came in with the substitutes and were able to continue with the pressure as much as we could. I think there guys maybe ran out of a little bit of gas at a point there in the second quarter when we were able to extend the lead.”

Eleven different Ridgway players scored led by 17 points from 1,000-point scorer Jeremy Breier.

Justin Kazmierski and Andy Breier each added eight points with Johnny Mitchell chipping in with six. Kazmierski also had 11 rebounds to lead the Elkers on the boards.

For Moniteau, Marterella and Nate Sosigian each scored six with Sosigian’s coming on a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers.

“The anticipation is that all five people who step onto the floor who start and come off the bench for us can shoot,” Markle said. “We made one (three) early and hit a couple later. We just have to be more consistent in knocking them down.”

RIDGWAY 53, MONITEAU 20

Score by Quarters

Moniteau 9 2 3 6 – 20

Ridgway 20 13 12 8 – 53

MONITEAU – 20

JJ Waid 2 0-0 4, Derek Boben 0 1-2 1, Jake Jewart 1 0-0 3, Nate Sosigian 2 0-0 6, Aaron Marterella 3 0-0 6, Josh Adamson 0 0-0 0, Ross Tenney 0 0-0 0, McKinley Baptiste 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 1-2 20.

RIDGWAY – 53

Jeremy Breier 7 3-3 17, Justin Kazmierski 4 0-2 8, Johnny Mitchell 3 0-0 6, Neil MacDonald 1 0-0 2, Andy Breier 4 0-0 8, Cory Oknefski 1 0-0 2, Aaron Shilk 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Stark 1 0-0 2, Ben Ames 0 0-0 0, Kyle Jordan 1 0-0 2, Max Dush 1 0-0 2, Ross Zameroski 1 0-0 2, Josh Thorwart 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 3-5 53.

THREE-POINTERS: Moniteau 3 (Sosigian 2, Jewart).


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