Elkers advance to semi-finals with 48-32 win over Clarion

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Rich Quiggle
Special to the Record

The Ridgway Elkers advanced to the semi-finals of the District 9 Class 2A basketball championship with a 48-32 win over the Clarion Bobcats Tuesday night at Brookville Area High School in a quarterfinal matchup.
With the win, Ridgway now advances to play the winner of the Smethport/Keystone game at a date, time and place to be determined.
“We didn’t want to shoot as many threes tonight, we wanted a ball fake, penetrate and hit the cutter for the easy basket or then kick it back out for a three,” Ridgway head coach Anthony Allegretto. “Their coach did a great job and had them come out in a 2-3 zone tonight and it slowed us down early and allowed them to stay in the game until we got our feet under us."
Clarion scored first on a basket by Nick Frederick. Matt Dush tied things up for the Elkers. Gavin Brinkley and Zack Zameroski exchanged baskets to make it 4-4. Zameroski converted a traditional three-point play on his hoop and Ridgway had a 5-4 lead. Frederick was fouled driving to the basket and converted both freethrows to put Clarion back on top at 6-5. Jake Reynolds triple put Ridgway up 8-6, but Cal German answered with a three and Clarion would have their last lead of the night at 9-8. On the Elkers next trip down the floor, Daunte Allegretto hit a trey of his own and Matt Dush stole the inbounds and scored to make it 13-9 favor of Ridgway after the first quarter.
Brinkley scored the first basket of the second quarter for the Bobcats, cutting the lead to 13-11. Dush scored to make it 15-11 before Clarion’s Jake Burns scored and was fouled, converted the free throw to cut the lead to just one at 15-14. Zameroski scored the next five points, Ridgway, to put the Elkers back up 20-14. German hit a three from the top of the key to cut it back to 20-18, but the Elkers would finish the quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 26-18 halftime lead.
“We had to (Cal) German out of the game and we did a really good job on him, especially Zack,” Allegretto said. “Our pressure kept them from running their offense the way they wanted to and created some turnovers for us that led to some easy scoring opportunities,” Allegretto added.
Ridgway started to pull away for good early in the third quarter thanks to a quarter-opening 7-2 run, highlighted by five points by Will Thompson. Archie Mills and Frederick both scored around a Dominic Allegretto jumper to finish out the quarter with Ridgway leading 35-24.
The Elkers put the finishing touches on their quarterfinal win in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Bobcats 13-8 to secure the 48-32 win and advance to the semi finals.

To read the full article, see today's publication of the Ridgway Record. (Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.)