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Breier leads Ridgway to easy win over Eisenhower in Class A boys first round

By Chris Rossetti

CLARION, Pa. – Jeremy Breier pretty much did it all for the Ridgway Elkers Friday night in a 62-32 win over Eisenhower in the opening round of the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs.

Breier, a sophomore, tied his season and career high with 29 points while adding five assists, four rebounds and two steals. He shot 12 of 15 from the floor, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range, and when he came out of the game late in the fourth quarter he had either scored or assisted on 17 of Ridgway’s 21 baskets to that point.

“That was our plan, to go to him,” Ridgway head coach Tony Allegretto said. “We worked on it the last couple of days of practice. This is our big advantage. We knew we had to get the ball to Jeremy. He’s a player. He’s done a great job as a sophomore. It’s going to be fun to watch him over the next couple of years.”

Ben MacDonald also stepped up for the District 9 champion Elkers (21-6) scoring 15 points, his third straight playoff game in double digits, while going 5-for-5 from the floor and 5 of 8 from the free-throw line. He added four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.

“He did another nice job offensively,” Allegretto said. “He has been looking to score more. He’s a good rebounder and our best defender. He is the leader of the team.”

Breier and MacDonald needed to be at their best because Ridgway was without second-leading scorer and point guard Josh Roselli (12.0 ppg), who missed the game with a knee injury suffered earlier in the week in practice.

“We aren’t sure ourselves (what Roselli’s status is),” Allegretto said. “He couldn’t have played tonight. He’s limping pretty bad. He did it on Monday in practice, same knee (he hurt last year). We haven’t gotten him to a doctor yet for an MRI.”

For one night, the absence of Roselli didn’t hurt the Elkers, as they shot 62.2 percent from the field (23 of 37) and outscored Eisenhower (15-10), District 10’s third-place team, 35-16 in the second half.

“We haven’t been the greatest shooting team this season,” Allegretto said. “When you sit one of your top two shooters down, you know you have to get to the basket. Early in the first quarter, we shot three jump shots, and I was very angry. Because we don’t need to shoot jump shots. We need to run our offense and get Jeremy inside.”

Ridgway used an 18-2 run in the second half to break the game wide open.

The Elkers led 29-21 with 5:23 to play in the third quarter, but behind 12 ;points from Breier over the next 5 ½ minutes extended the advantage to 23, 47-24, with 7:44 left to play. Ridgway got the lead to as many as 32, 59-27, late in the game.

Defense was partially the key to the game as well, with Ridgway forcing 18 Eisenhower turnovers thanks to 12 steals – Josh Lineberger had a team-best four takeaways – that resulted in 20 Elker points, 14 of which came in the second half.

“(Defense) in the second half is what got us going,” Allegretto said. “We look for that.”

Jarrett Johnson led Eisenhower with eight points and five rebounds with Tre Frank adding seven points.

Ridgway will face Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, a 56-44 winner over Berlin Brothersvalley, in the second round Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

NOTES – This is the third straight year Ridgway has advanced beyond the first round of the PIAA playoffs. In 2012, the Elkers went to the PIAA semifinals before falling to Lincoln Park, while last year they were knocked off  in the second round by Lincoln Park.

RIDGWAY 62, EISENHOWER 32

Score by Quarters

Eisenhower………………..    8    8    8    8  –   32

Ridgway…………………..   12   15   15   20  –   62

EISENHOWER (15-10) – 32

JOHNSON, Jarett 4-7 0-0 8; FRANK, Tre 2-5 2-4 7; HUNT, Kyle 2-2 0-0 4; SANDERS, Chris 2-3 0-0 4; WARREN, Thomas 1-2 1-1 3; FARRELL, Carter 1-3 1-4 3; REYNOLDS, Jack 0-0 2-2 2; VINCENT, Casey 0-4 1-2 1; POTTS, John 0-1 0-0 0; WOLCOT, Hunter 0-0 0-0 0; PERRIN, Justin 0-0 0-0 0; HARVEY, Jake 0-0 0-0 0; JOHNSON, Alex 0-0 0-0 0; VENMAN, Grant 0-0 0-0 0; HARVEY, Ben 0-0 0-0 0; ZORTMAN, Ricky 0-0 0-0 0; ELMQUIST, Chase 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-27 7-13 32.

RIDGWAY (21-6) – 62

BREIER, Jeremy 12-15 3-6 29; MACDONALD, Ben 5-5 5-8 15; HORNING, Joe 3-7 2-3 8; LINEBERGER, Josh 1-3 2-4 4; WADDELL, Phil 2-2 0-0 4; STARK, Mitchell 0-1 1-2 1; SORGE, Mike 0-1 1-2 1; TONCICH, Jack 0-1 0-0 0; OKNEFSKI, Cory 0-1 0-0 0; DELHUNTY, Cody 0-0 0-0 0; STEIS, Nate 0-0 0-0 0; COWAN, Dustin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-37 14-25 62.

3-point goals–Eisenhower 1-6 (FRANK, Tre 1-2; VINCENT, Casey 0-3; JOHNSON, Jarett 0-1), Ridgway 2-4 (BREIER, Jeremy 2-2; HORNING, Joe 0-1; STARK, Mitchell 0-1).

Rebounds–Eisenhower 16 (JOHNSON, Jarett 5), Ridgway 22 (LINEBERGER, Josh 6). Assists–Eisenhower 5 (FARRELL, Carter 2), Ridgway 12 (BREIER, Jeremy 5).

A BOYS PIAA PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND

 

 

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