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Ridgewood takes control early, rolls past Kennedy

01/31/2014, 9:30pm CST
By Eric Van Dril | For Sun-Times Media | @VanDrilSports

The Rebels opened the game on a 19-0 run and led 40-14 at the half.

Ridgewood's Adam Yaghmour (let) fights for the loose ball against Kennedy's Ricky Ellis

Ridgewood's Adam Yaghmour fights for the loose ball against Kennedy's Ricky Ellis during their game in Norridge on Friday evening. | Kevin Tanaka/for Sun-Times Media

Ridgewood 73, Kennedy 40

THE SKINNY

The Ridgewood boys basketball team started its game against Kennedy on a 19-0 run. The fate of Friday night's game in Norridge was never in doubt after that. The Rebels (7-12) led 40-14 at the half and 55-27 at the end of the third quarter. 

TURNING POINT

Ridgewood senior point guard Anthony Mroz started the game by hitting a jumper on Ridgewood's opening possession. Junior guard Dino Devivo (12 points) followed with a 3-pointer, and Mroz knocked down another jumper to stretch the Rebels' lead to 7-0 about two minutes into the game.

THE STAR

Mroz made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points during the first quarter. He finished with 21 points and six steals.

BY THE NUMBERS

Ridgewood senior guard Brandon Kassam didn't miss a shot en route to 14 points. He went 6 of 6 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free-throw line. Ridgewood freshman guard Zach Rzewnicki scored 10 points and secured a game-high six rebounds. Junior guard Vonzell Williams led Kennedy (3-17) with 13 points.

QUOTABLE

“We wanted to improve for later in the season and we just wanted to get better tonight. … We wanted to work on our sets. We wanted to get better as individuals and a team.” — Devivo on the team's mind-set entering its game against Kennedy

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