Elkers headed to District 9 Class AA final

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

BRADFORD - Down 24-13 with 7:09 left in the third quarter there was no panic for the Ridgway Elkers, who turned the tables and rallied for a, 39-29, District 9 Class AA semi-final win over the second-seeded Coudersport Tuesday night at the Bradford High School. the victory punched Ridgway's ticket to the championship game at Clarion University where they will play fourth-seeded Clarion which topped the number-one seed Keystone, 54-50. It will be the third straight trip to the finals for the second-seeded Elkers, who look to repeat. Ridgway beat the Falcons in last year's final which avenged a loss in the 2018 championship.
Zack Zamerski, who scored a game-high, 16 points nailed two three-pointers to open the fourth quarter bringing Ridgway within 26-24 with 5:22 remaining. He had also hit one that narrowed the lead to three points with 1:48 left in the third quarter. Matt Dush tied the score 45 seconds later with a short jumper before Dan Park gave the Elkers the lead for good with a three-pointer with 3:30 remaining following a Falcons turnover.
Dom Allegretto got entwined with Coudersport's Travis Gleason who was called for a technical for an extra shove, which led to another technical on Coudy coach Scott Easton for apparently stepping out too far on the court. Dush hit three of the four foul shots making it 32-26 with 2:55 remaining. After the inbounds Park was fouled sending him to the foul line for a one-and-one which he converted to up the lead to 34-26. Dush hit a foul shot, Allegretto hit two and Park hit a field goal for the final Ridqway points.
"One thing we preach is don't panic and stay the course," said Ridgway Head coach Anthony Allegretto. We had some turnovers in the first half, but didn't have many in the second half. Matt played his butt off. Zack hit three threes in a row and Dan steps up and buries one to give us the lead. Dom's hustle got the technical was a huge swing," he added.
Ridgway led 6-1 at the end of the first period with two buckets by Zameroski and a Dush score. Coudersport rallied to take a 19-13 lead at the half courtesy of four three pointers - two by Hayden Keck and a pair by Kolby VanWhy. Gleason hit two foul shots and a field goal to contribute. Allegretto sank two free throws, Park scored off a nice feed from Alex Bon, Zameroski hit a free throw and RJ Miller scored for the Elkers.
Park scored nine points, Dush eight, Allegretto four, and Miller two points to go along with Zameroski's 16. Keck, who hit three threes, led Coudy with 11 point. Gleason had seven, VanWhy six and Dalton Keglovits five points