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Ram Classic: Ridgewood back in tournament final

NEW PORT RICHEY — For the ninth time in the 20-year history of the Ram Classic, host Ridgewood will be making a trip to the tournament final.

That trip came courtesy of a relatively easy win over Freedom in Tuesday night's semifinal game 75-51.

Ridgewood (12-2) proved to be too much on the interior for the Patriots (3-7). With 6-foot-8 Lukas Poderis (19 points, seven rebounds) plugging up the paint, Freedom's low-post players got into foul trouble and Ridgewood power forward Bryan Jones (22 points, five rebounds, four steals) had a terrific game playing off his teammate.

The Rams put the game out of reach early with a 14-0 run in the middle of the second quarter. All but one of Ridgewood's starters reached double figures in scoring with Jacob Rauh adding 13 and Alvin Satram finishing with 12. Rauh and Satram kept the ball moving, too, totaling six assists each.

"It's always a luxury to have a double threat at the point," Ridgewood coach Gary Anders said. "Whenever you can rotate players in and out at different spots you are going to be more dangerous offensively."

The Rams face Newsome (7-2) today in the championship game. The Wolves defeated St. Petersburg Catholic (5-7) in the other semifinal 52-44 in a slugfest.

Newsome pulled out the victory in large part due to its leading scorer, Samal Shepherd. He is averaging 24.5 points in the tournament after going for a game-high 19 points and 13 boards Tuesday night.

In the consolation bracket, Land O'Lakes handled Wesley Chapel 80-64, and Zephyrhills dropped Palm Harbor University 63-46.

Today's schedule

Final: Ridgewood vs.

Newsome, 6:15

Third-place game: St. Petersburg Catholic vs. Freedom, 4:30

Fifth-place game: Land O'Lakes vs. Zephyrhills, 2:45

Seventh-place game:

Wesley Chapel vs. Palm Harbor University, 1

Ram Classic: Ridgewood back in tournament final 12/30/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 8:51am]
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