Ridgewood High School Basketball
Ridgewood High School Basketball
2017-2018
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Game Summaries 2017-2018 Season

Fri 12/15/17
#10 Ridgewood 45    #8 Ramapo 48
League rivals opened up against each other once again and Ramapo was able to withstand a late comeback by
the Maroons.  Ridgewood trailed by 9 with 2 minutes to go and closed the game to 2 with only 26 seconds left and
the ball.  Ridgewood was hit with a technical foul but Ramapo was unable to capitalize on the mishap.  Trailing by 3
with 8 seconds left the Maroons were able to get 2 shots off before the buzzer but neither found the bottom of the
net.  Ben Geraghty and Michael Schretter each had 14 points in the loss.

Mon 12/18/17
#10 Ridgewood 58        Mendham 55  OT
In Ridgewood's home opener they found themselves trailing most of the game and were down by 11 with only 4
minutes left in regulation.  The 'Fist Team' came in and brought tremendous energy changing the complexion of
the game and allowing the Maroons to close the gap to 3 with just under a minute to go.  Tommy Carver hit a top
of the key 3 pointer to force overtime as Mendham's last second shot fell off the rim.  Senior Michael Thurlow hit
the game deciding basket in overtime with a corner 3 to seal the game.

Tues 12/19/17
#10 Ridgewood 65       Indian Hills  49
Ridgewood returned to League play and got their 2nd win of the season vs. the Braves from Indian Hills.  The
game was back and forth for much of the contest but once again the 'Fist Team' proved to be the difference
forcing 18 turnovers and allowing the Maroons to extend the lead to double digits throughout much of the fourth
quarter.  Michael Schretter led the way with 16 points and Ben Geraghty added 11 points in the victory.

Thurs 12/21/17
#10 Ridgewood 48   #5 Hackensack  57
Ridgewood went back on the road to face league rival Hackensack and found itself down by double digits multiple
times throughout the contest.  Each time however, the Maroons battled back.  Down 15 in the 4th quarter,
Ridgewood clawed all the way back to tie the game with less than 2 minutes to go but could not get over the
hump.  With 2 empty possessions and then having to foul, the Comets were able to escape with a 9 point victory.  
Michael Schretter led the team with 22 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.  Ridgewood will be playing in the St.
Joe's Christmas Tournament, Dec. 27, 29 & 30.

Weds 12/27/17
#10 Ridgewood  44    #6  St. Joe's  40
In a game that was an offensive struggle for both teams, Ridgewood was able to hold on for a quality road win.  
Tommy Carver hit a layup to tie the game while Ben Geraghty hit a top of the key 3 pointer to lift the Maroons past
the Knights.  Ben Geraghty led Ridgewood with 11 points and 8 rebounds in the victory.

Fri 12/29/17
#10 Ridgewood 59      North Plainfield  45
Ridgewood came out of the gate fast scoring 19 points in the first quarter and would lead by double digits for most
of the contest.  Once again it was the 'fist team' that made the difference in forcing 22 turnovers leading to 23
points for the Maroons.  Ridgewood led by as many as 25 and were led by Senior Michael Schretter and
Sophomore Matthew Favieri who both had 12 points in the win.

Sat 12/30/17
#10 Ridgewood  48   #12  Dwight Englewood  47
Ridgewood closed out the 2017 with an impressive 3 game sweep of the St. Joe's Christmas Tournament.  What
looked like deja vu all over again turned out to be a quality win for the Maroons.  Leading by 9 with just over a
minute to go, the Bulldogs brought the pressure and forced a series of untimely Maroon turnovers.  Bringing back
bad memories of last year's county tournament where the Bulldogs erased a 17 point 4th quarter lead to advance
to the quarterfinals, this year they simply did not have enough time.  Jordan McKoy led the break as the clock was
ticking down and kicked to the wing for a 3 pointer that would fortunately fall short and land in the arms of Tommy
Carver as time expired.  Michael Schretter scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half and proved to be the
difference for the Maroons in this battle.  The Maroons are now 5-2 overall and will be back in action next
Thursday night vs. #16 Tenafly.


Thurs 1/4/18
#6 Ridgewood:  42   #11  Tenafly:  39
Ridgewood opened up the New Year with its 4th straight victory over the Tigers from Tenafly.  This game came
down to the wire and the Maroons were able to hold on to a 3 point win as Tenafly's final shot fell off the rim at the
buzzer.  Ridgewood was led by Tommy Carver and Ben Geraghty's 9 points each and Jack Kennedy added 7.

Tues 1/9/18
#7 Ridgewood:  64   #15  Northern Highlands:  53
Ridgewood kept its winning streak going as it hosted the Highlanders in this Freedom Division Contest.  Tommy
Carver scored 11 of his 14 points in the opening quarter as Ridgewood would extend its lead to as many as 22
during the game.  Northern Highlands would not go away quietly but big men Michael Schretter (18 points and 10
rebounds) and James Miller (9 points and 7 rebounds) proved to be too much down the stretch.

Thurs 1/11/18
#7 Ridgewood:  69   #14  Pascack Valley:  61
Ridgewood opened up to a big first quarter lead and had to hold on for dear life as the Indians kept fighting
throughout.  Although Ridgewood had a 22-5 lead at one point, the score would close to as little as 5 in the final
quarter.  In this contest Ridgewood had 4 different players reach double figures, Michael Thurlow (10), James
Miller (10), Tommy Carver (14) and Michael Schretter (21).  The Maroons have now won 6 in a row and sit at 8-2
on the season.

Tues 1/16/18
#7  Ridgewood:  55,   Paramus:  41
Tempers flared early in this contest and would remain throughout as this was one of the more chippy games the
Maroons played thus far.  Ridgewood was not able to pull away until the closing minutes of the 4th quarter but got
solid contributions from Tommy Carver (8), Matt DeFeo (9) and Michael Schretter (13).  Ridgewood is now 9-2 on
the season.

Thurs 1/18/18
#7  Ridgewood:  42     Bergenfield:  43
Ridgewood dropped its first game in nearly a month at the hands of an unranked opponent.  From the start the
Maroons seemed out of sink and although they led a furious comeback in the closing minutes, a free throw with 5
seconds left by the Bears Jason Hope proved to be the difference.  Ridgewood now 9-3 will play Memorial
tomorrow in an out of conference contest.

Fri 1/19/18
#7  Ridgewood:  56   Memorial:  46
Ridgewood bounced back from an uncharacteristic loss by beating the Memorial Tigers at home today.  This was
a close game throughout and ultimately it was the play of Ridgewood's big men Michael Schretter (21 points 10
rebounds) and Jack Kennedy (10 points 10 rebounds) that made the difference.

Tues 1/23/18
#7  Ridgewood:  51  #2  Don Bosco:  69
The Ironmen came out of the gates fast and the Maroons were never able to catch up.  Although Ridgewood
fought hard throughout,  Michael Schretter led the Maroons with 13 points but unfortunately the size and
athleticism of Don Bosco proved to be too much.  Ridgewood is now 10-4 heading into the County Cutofff.

Thurs 1/25/18
#7  Ridgewood:  41   #8  Demarest:  50
Ridgewood received the 7 seed in the county tournament and faced #8 Demarest on the night before the
tournament started.  Demarest used a match up zone to slow down Ridgewood as they could never find their
range from the outside going 6 for 26 from beyond the arc.  Ridgewood made a late run but Senior Jake Runyon
proved to be too much as he led all scorers with 18 points.

Tues 1/30/18
# 11  Ridgewood:  59   #5  Ramapo:  61
Like all Ridgewood/Ramapo games this one came down to the closing seconds.  Although Ramapo led by 9 with
under a minute to go, Ridgewood would not go away and saw Tommy Carver hit a 3 with just seconds remaining.  
After a discussion with the referees, an addition 3.5 seconds were added and Ramapo was able to drive coast to
coast to hit a layup as time expired and escape with a 2 point victory.  This loss ended hopes of sharing the
League Title for this season.

Sat 2/3/18
COUNTY TOURNAMENT
#7  Ridgewood:  58    #10  Dwight Morrow:  65
Neither team led by more than 7 points and there were at least a dozen lead changes throughout.  In front of a
raucous crowd, Englewood was able to pull out a victory with timely shooting and solid free throws in the closing
moments.  Michael Schretter (17), James Miller (15) and Tommy Carver (12) all scored double digits but it was not
enough to help Ridgewood advance to the next round.

Tues 2/6/18
#11 Ridgewood:  76   Indian Hills:  53
Ridgewood bounced back from a disappointing loss and brought its 4 game losing streak to an end against the
Braves from Indian Hills.   11 different Maroons scored during this contest and Tommy Carver led the way with 21
points.

Thurs 2/8/18
#11  Ridgewood:  69  #3 Hackensack:  89
Ridgewood has held opponents to just about 50 points per contest this season, but Hackensack nearly had that at
the intermission.  The Comets rained threes from all over the gym and shot a mind-numbing 8 for 10 from behind
the arc in the first half alone.  Ridgewood trailing by 20 on 4 separate occasions were able to make a series of
runs in which they saw the deficit reach 7 but unfortunately they did not have enough in the tank to get over the
hump.  The Maroons were led by Michael Schretter with 22, Tommy Carver with 16 and Ben Geraghty with 15.  
Ridgewood is now 11-8 and hope to get back on track vs. the Highlanders next Tuesday night.

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