NEW PORT RICHEY — Ridgewood coach Gary Anders' goal was for the Rams to reach 10 wins by the end of the week and win the championship.
And all-tournament selection Charles Jones made sure they finished the job, as he led a second-half charge with 11 fourth-quarter points and 24 total in an exciting 52-49 win over Brandon for the Ram Classic title at Anders Court on Wednesday night.
"Coach is usually out looking for people to step up, and I wanted to be a leader and take control of the game tonight," Jones said.
Overall Ridgewood had an off night from the field, shooting 6-of-33 in the second and third quarters and being held to three points in the second quarter.
The Eagles (4-9) took a 38-37 lead into the fourth quarter and took their biggest lead of five with 6:02 remaining after all-tournament point guard Da-Vonte Lamar (14 points, six points) hit guard Xavier Bradley (12 points) on a pass between two defenders.
But after that Jones, who scored only four points in the first half, erupted and put a dagger in the Eagles' comeback efforts with a pullup jumper from the right wing for a 50-43 lead with 1:10 remaining.
"Both teams played their hearts out tonight," Brandon coach Allie Turley said. "Intensity level and everything you could ever want in a high school basketball game was there tonight for both teams."
Earlier, George Jenkins earned a third-place finish with a 75-55 win over Riverview. Zephyrhills won the fifth-place consolation game with a 61-54 overtime victory over St. Petersburg Catholic behind all-tournament selection Kyle Farrell's 24 points, and Palm Harbor University took seventh place after defeating Land O'Lakes 57-49.