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NEW PORT RICHEY — Ridgewood had no answer for the George Jenkins duo of Chris Burgess-Jerrick Stevenson on Thursday night.
The juniors combined to score 45 in the Eagles’ 64-40 romp over the Rams at Anders Court in the 22nd annual William G. Hulton Ram Classic.
“I just tried to instill intensity into our team tonight,” Burgess said. “We wanted to come out with more intensity than (Wednesday) because last night we came out kind of sluggish. We also wanted to step it up on defense.
“We wanted to play great defensively tonight and I think we did that.”
George Jenkins came out with a lot of effort from the start, jumping out to a 21-11 lead after the first quarter. Stevenson scored 14 of his 23 in the first half and the Eagles forced Ridgewood to turn over the basketball 11 times. The Rams shot 16-of-42 from the field but could not match the Eagles’ effort for most of the game.
Going into halftime, Ridgewood trailed only 35-24 but would go ice cold offensively, turning over the basketball seven more times and scoring only six points in the third quarter. Ridgewood forward Mike Wood led the Rams with 14 points and six rebounds.
“We missed a lot of easy shots,” Ridgewood coach Mike Bua said. “We came out kind of sluggish. We just couldn’t match their effort and intensity. I think this is good for us, though, to play a different opponent we don’t usually see.”
In the earlier game, Anclote defeated Bloomingdale 61-57 behind good efforts from Charlie Deorio, Brandon McWhorter and Luis Perez, who each scored 12 in the win.