Ridge View came off a five-day break on Friday night and produced the highest scoring game in school history – a 117-68 pounding of Lugoff-Elgin in a Region 4-4A contest on the Blazers floor.
Sure, the stat sheet produced plenty of gaudy numbers, but RV coach John Combs said it was primarily the result of great defense.
“I know people will look at the score and say how good our offense must have played—and we were pretty good—but our defense was the real star,” he said. “We were able to turn Lugoff Elgin over 22 times in the first half and that was what allowed our offense to get it going.”
Combs lowered the heat after intermission, by which time Ridge View had a 60-24 lead. In the end, the Blazers forced 29 turnovers.
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Now, let’s scan the fun stuff. RV shot 45% from 3-point range (9-for-20), and had an incredible 100 possessions in the game. Cameron Lee’s 22 points featured five 3-pointers. Jared Johnson, who did not play much in the second half, scored all 20 of his points in the first half (14 in the first quarter) and also had seven assists. Jamaal Brantley had a double-double – 13 points, 10 rebounds.
“I guess we should have 5 days off with no practice before every game for the rest of the year,” said Combs, tongue in cheek.
The Blazers coach had high praise for L-E’s Jo Jo Pelligrino, who pumped in 40 points.
“He is an extremely good basketball player who just might be the most underrated player in South Carolina,” he said. “Jo Jo and Jordan Roper from Irmo have the best mid-range games of anyone I have seen in the state in a long time.”