For Ridge boys’ basketball, a season-long learning curve began Friday night.
Hosting Wellsville in its season opener, the youthful Rams experienced its first tough lesson in a game that quickly got away.
By the end of the first quarter, PR trailed 27-10. The deficit ballooned to 37-19 at half and at the end of the contest, Pleasant Ridge had lost 63-27.
“First time playing varsity for these guys and it showed,” PR coach Sean Murphy said. “We have two seniors out of 25 kids and so with that youth, there are going to be nights like this. We got the first game out of the way, now it’s time to go to work and get better.”
It was rough from the start for Pleasant Ridge. Shots weren’t falling, turnovers were mounting, and defensively the team could not slow down Wellsville.
That formula led to the 18-point deficit at half, which grew in the third and fourth quarters as both teams emptied their benches.
Sean Spurlock had six points for the Rams while Adam Patterson pushed in five. KC Jones, Nick Reckers and Tristan DeMaranville had three points each.
“I thought the upperclassmen did a good job of leading us,” Murphy said. “Nick Reckers was aggressive offensively and Patterson rebounded well for us, and they are going to have to do that all season for us to get better.”
Pleasant Ridge, 0-1, hosts Atchison at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“It was a rough start,” the PR coach said, “but we are young and can only get better.”
Lions cruise to first victory
Though it was its first game of the season Friday, it seemed like just another day at the office for the Lansing boys’ basketball team.
The Lions used high-pressure defense and precise offense to accumulate a 38-20 halftime lead over Tonganoxie. From there, the squad cruised to a 73-57 victory.
“We played very hard,” Lansing coach Rod Briggs said. “Our defense was pretty intense, especially early. We had some lapses, which just gives us some stuff to work on.”
While the defense had a few rough stretches, the offense was clicking throughout.
“Offensively, I can’t complain too much,” Briggs said. “We had four guys in double digits and one with nine so we did pretty good.”
Joe Schneider led the Lions with 19 points, followed by Roy Clayter’s 14, Khalil Bailey’s 12 and Clay Young’s 10. Zac Johnson added nine points, Kenneth Banks had five, Joe Henry put in four and Donte Gibson and Lucas Mein had one each.
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“As long as we continue to pass the ball offensively and it doesn’t get stuck, I think we can be pretty good,” Briggs said. “We still had lapses defensively, but those are all things we can work on.”