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Ridgewood bounces back against Marauders

Just good enough

By STEVE LEE
Published December 28, 2006


NEW PORT RICHEY - Coming off its first two losses this season, Ridgewood continued its inconsistent play Wednesday in the first round of its second tournament during the winter break.

Still, the host of the 18th annual William G. Hulton Jr. Ram Classic played well enough to snap that modest skid with a 69-56 win over Clearwater Central Catholic.

"I thought we rebounded well from two losses," Ridgewood coach Gary Anders said. "We've been very inconsistent and that's disappointing."

Land O'Lakes coach Dave Puhalski can relate to Anders' sentiment following his team's 60-48 loss to Palm Harbor University in one of Wednesday's four games. Wesley Chapel routed first-year Lennard 67-21 and Dunedin edged Lakewood Ranch 48-46 in the other contests.

"This team, when it's up it's up, but when it's down ...we're playing really bad right now," Puhalski said.

Mike Lawrence led three Rams in double figures with 21 points. Jeremy Killinger scored 17 and Lukas Poderis 11.

Eric Segert paced the Marauders with 21 points and teammate Joey DeLuca had 12.

Wesley Chapel, runnerup in last week's Outback tournament at Leto, had an easy time against Lennard, which has no seniors.

Greg Jenkins led the Wildcats with 17 points and Ladarius Manora scored 13 as coach Doug Greseth emptied his bench in a game that went to a running clock in the second half.

Palm Harbor U.'s Sam Moroff scored 15, Clay Woodburn 14 and Sam Purdy 12.

Steve Lee can be reached at lee@sptimes.com or 352 521-6517.