Ridge View’s boys basketball team continued its impressive early-season season on Wednesday with a 77-75 win at Lower Richland. It was the Blazers third straight road win of the season, and each victory has marked the program’s first-ever success on the respective opponent’s floors.
The good news was the Blazers dominated the game for 29 minutes, but almost let the verdict slip away in the late going. Ridge View watched in horror as a 14-point lead melted away down the stretch. LR actually had a chance to tie the game but the last-shot of the game by Brandon Stroman was off the mark.
“As poorly as we played in those last three minutes, we made just enough free throws at crucial times and plays to squeak out the victory,” said Blazers coach John Combs. “Some of our issues down the stretch was poor coaching on my part. It was not pleasant last few minutes of the game, but still it was a rewarding to win.”
Jarrell Brantley, Gary Bradshaw and Jordan Portee shared the spotlight for RV. Brantley scored a team-high 17 points with Bradshaw and Portee contributing 15 and 13 points, respectively, in support. The Blazers finished with a 19-for-24 performance at the free-throw line, including a key 9-for-10 showing in the fourth quarter.
Vincent Hicklin paced Lower Richland with 22 points. The Diamond Hornets are off to slow, 1-2 start under new coach Willie Thomas.