High School Sports

Blazers begin final championship push tonight

Ridge View’s boys basketball team faces a stern test this week in its quest to repeat as Region 4-4A champions.

The Blazers, who pulled even with Lancaster atop the region standings with a dominant performance in an 81-64 win over the Bruins on Friday, faces a stretch of three games in four games in the final week of the regular season beginning with a road game tonight at South Pointe. RV then hits the road again on Wednesday to face last-place Rock Hill before winding up the region campaign on Friday at home against Blythewood.

Actually, Ridge View (12-10, 6-1) enters the final week a half game behind Lancaster, which beat South Pointe in a make-up contest on Saturday to improve to 7-1 in conference matters.

The Blazers established command over the Bruins in the first half, building a 38-22 lead by intermission.

Mike Green, Jamie Portee, Jared Johnson, Jamar Gillespie and Cameron Lee did most of the heavy lifting for Ridge View.

Green was a terror inside, emerging with a triple-double – 16 points, 13 rebounds and 15 blocked shots. He also converted nine of his 10 free-throw attempts. Portee finished with a team high 17 points, all of which came in the second half (11 in the third quarter alone). Green canned 16 points, converting nine of 10 free throws along the way. Johnson added 14 points, Gillespie chipped in 13 and Lee finished with nine.

“This was a great victory for our team. I was really excited about how well we played on the offensive and defensive ends of the court in the first half. I thought we followed our game plan and executed it extremely well,” said coach John Combs.

“The first time when we played, Lancaster was much more physical than we were and it showed. They roughed us up pretty good at their place. We played much tougher and more physical than in our first meeting.

“Mike Green had one of his best games of his career. I’ve got to believe he is one of the best shot blockers in the state, if not the best.”