Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Maroons, Highlands, River Dell All Advance

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Maroons, Highlands, River Dell All Advance

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ORADELL - Consistency has been the biggest challenge that has faced Ridgewood this season. The Maroons have looked dominating one moment, vulnerable the next. On Saturday at Bergen Catholic in the opening round of the Bergen County Jamboree, they flipped the right switch.

Using a combination of hot shooting, strong defense and depth off the bench, Ridgewood easily dispatched Hasbrouck Heights, 77-50, to advance to the Round of 16. The 12th-seeded Maroons will next face No. 5 seed Dwight-Englewood next Saturday at Northern Highlands, and the official schedule will be announced Sunday.

Ridgewood shot 34 of 56 from the floor (60.7 percent) and hit five straight shots to turn an early 6-4 deficit into a 17-6 lead. Quin Peene had eight of those 13 points, including three-point field goals to start and finish the run,

"We were moving the ball really well," he said. "I just happened to be the guy who was open early. We've got a lot of guys who can score, so it's not about who is getting the points."

Peene had 14 as did Michael Schretter, and Gabe Millstein added 13. Ridgewood had 13 different players score points in the game.

"I thought our depth and our size was the difference coming in," Ridgewood coach Mike Troy said. "I like their group they have, and we played some very good defense on their perimeter game and didn't give them second chances. We could be aggressive because we can go deep off the bench."

Heights was only 10 of 33 shooting in the first three quarters and finished 16 of 47 (34 percent). They were down 19-7 after one period and were down as many as 20 in the first half.

"Our game against Ramapo last Thursday was the best game we had played all year and it led right into this one," Troy said. "Guys are getting comfortable in their roles, but it's still not perfect."

He was referring to the end of the first half, when Ridgewood turned it over on four straight possessions and allowed Hasbrouck Heights to sneak back to within 40-23. …

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