For some reason, the Ridge View’s boys basketball team was not ready to play on Tuesday night at South Pointe, but the Blazers can consider themselves fortunate that they did not lose any ground in the Region 4-4A championship race.
The host Stallions scored the first 17 points of the game and withstood a fourth-quarter RV rally to emerge with a 72-68 win. Fortunately, the Blazers remained within a half game of first-place Lancaster, thanks Blythewood’s 67-58 upset of the Bruins.
“We were not focused and South Pointe was ready to play,” said disappointed RV coach John Combs.
“We did not pick up properly on defense and our offense was slow to move the ball around for much of the game. When we were making a run at the end, our ball movement was great, but it is very hard to over come 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter. To win against teams that are playing well, you must play a complete 32 minute game and we simply played poorly for most of the game.”
Jamar Gillespie led Ridge View with 20 points, 12 coming in the second half, and Mike Green added 13, but it was not enough.
So, instead of heading into the final two games of the regular season in sole possession of first place, the Blazers must avoid to idea that they can turn it on at their leisure to come away with a win. That theory proved faulty on Tuesday night.
Ridge View (12-11, 6-2) plays at Rock Hill tonight and concludes the regular season Friday at home against dangerous Blythewood.