Elkers rout Curwensville in AML South encounter, 60-21
After one quarter, Ridgway had the game in hand.Curwensville was still searching for a basket. Ridgway opened with a 29-0 lead after the first quarter and was not challenged in a 60-21 win over the Golden Tide Friday night in an AML South game at Ridgway Area High School. "It's like going out and pitching a perfect game for one quarter," Allegretto said. "They did some good things defensively. I really challenged them. I wasn't real happy with our defense in the Smethport game with our starting five. They went out and tried to fix some things, I was real happy with it."Jordan Lundin opened with a basket 10 seconds into the game and point guard Eric Matheson followed with an up-and-under move for a 4-0 lead. Jesse Reynolds stole the inbounds pass for a quick layup and Aaron Sorge added a hoop inside for an 8-0 lead. Matheson drained a 3-pointer for a quick 11-0 lead and a Curwensville timeout came after. Reynolds hit a free throw and added another hoop to put the margin to 14. Lundin added a shot and Matheson made two from the line to put the score to 18-0. After a Tony Leithner free throw, Reynolds knocked in a trey for a 22-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter. Alex Oknefski added a short shot inside. Sorge and Oknefski hit consecutive field goals and a Lundin free throw put the lead to 29 by the time the first eight minutes ended. Allegretto said the full-court press was doing well but is not quite perfect yet. "There's still a little too much gambling and every once in a while, we still have three guys in one spot on the court," Allegretto said. "They're so good basketball-wise, it's nice to watch when they get it going. They're like sharks feeding in the water when they smell blood." Allegretto said Ridgway's passing was worthy of the highlight reel and that was on display early in the second quarter as Leithner set up Matheson for a layup with a pass which fooled the Curwensville defense. He mentioned Lundin and Matheson's passing as being great during the game. "We made some great plays and some highlight reel passes," Allegretto said. "We had a lot of nice passes and finishes." Ridgway built the lead to a 46-3 margin at halftime which put the running clock in effect for the second half. "They've (Curwensville) had some older kids drop off the team for some reason," Allegretto said. "You go into the game and you know that it probably shouldn't be a game. It's a difficult game to coach and a difficult game to play in. The plan is to go out and you let them know right away that the game's over with. From there, get everybody in, work on what you want to work on and try not to show anybody up. Have fun and play basketball."Ridgway's biggest lead was in the third quarter as the Elkers led by 47 at 52-5.With the running clock, the teams wound the clock down. Curwensville's Brett Gardner had four treys in the second half and he finished with 12 points to lead the Golden Tide who drop to 0-2 overall and 0-2 in AML South play. Matheson had 12 points to lead a balanced Ridgway offensive attack. Reynolds had 10 points while Lundin and Sorge each had nine. The Elkers had 11 players score points on the night. Ridgway (2-0 overall, 1-0 AML South) is at Cameron County Monday night and the Elkers are then slated to host Port Allegany (1-1) on Wednesday with junior varsity action to start at 6 p.m. In Friday's junior varsity game, Ridgway won 57-17.