2018-11-30 / Sports

Blazers edge Vikings

By Tim Gochnaur


Ridge View’s Brennen Bynum shoots over Spring Valley’s Jairid Bowers. Photo by Jim Marczesky Ridge View’s Brennen Bynum shoots over Spring Valley’s Jairid Bowers. Photo by Jim Marczesky It started off as a roof-raising, rim-rattling jamfest. Then it slowed down a little.

The Blazers’ first five field goals came on acrobatic slam dunks, but their Spring Valley hosts would not be intimidated.

In the end, Ridge View came away with a 57- 51 win Tuesday, November 27.

It wasn’t until a few days ago that Ridge View head coach Yerrick Stoneman had a full roster of players, as the football team just finished a deep run in the state playoffs.

“Walyn Napper was excellent,” Stoneman said. “Senika McKie came in and gave us some good minutes with his athleticism and defense. We did not run any of our sets because we don’t have them in for our guys yet.”

Ridge View had a 21- 20 lead early in the second quarter before edging out to a 29-23 lead at halftime. Josh Felder made a free throw for the Vikings with 1:16 left in the third to tie the game at 36-36. A three and a field goal from Crosby Harris-James and a jam from Malcolm Wilson opened the Blazer lead to 51-45. The Vikings would get to within 53-51 on a field goal from Josh Felder and two more scores from Leon Moore.


Spring Valley’s Leon Moore shoots from deep over Ridge View’s Crosby Harris James. Photo by Jim Marczesky Spring Valley’s Leon Moore shoots from deep over Ridge View’s Crosby Harris James. Photo by Jim Marczesky Napper got two late steals he converted into scores, part of his teamhigh 18 points, that would ice the win. Wilson followed with 12 points, Harris James had 11 and Ja’Von Benson chipped in with 10 points. Felder led the Vikings with a game-high 21 points.

Ridge View starts the season 1-0, and the Vikings fall to 2-2. Coach Perry Dozier is warming up to what this version of the Vikings brings to the floor.

“I can’t say so much about the shots. I look at the mental mistakes more than anything,” Dozier said. “There were opportunities, but shots are going to go in and go out. There were missed assignments and turnovers. We have got a lot of new players, and I don’t fully know this team yet, but I am getting to know them, and so far I like what I see.”

Ridge View: Walyn Napper 18, Malcolm Wilson 12, Crosby Harris- James 11, Ja’Von Benson 10, JaVon Anderson 2, Senika McKie 2, Joseph McKenny 1, and Cincere Scott 1.

Spring Valley: Josh Felder 21, Antwann Moore 8, Ja’lon Roberson 6, Brandon Tolbert 5, Leon Moore 4, Jordan Whitfield 3, Nicholas Doctor 2, Eric Porter 2.

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