Boys Basketball: Ridgewood’s quick start downs Elmwood Park

Story Image Elmwood Park, 01/20/12--Ridgewood's Andy Mazurczak drives to the basket as Elmwood Park's Marcellus Hunter defends. Elmwood Park HS hosted Ridgewood HS in a boys basketball game Friday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
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Updated: January 20, 2012 9:11PM

In a big neighborhood conference battle, Ridgewood came out fast and furious to knock off Elmwood Park 67-51 on Friday night on the road. Senior Andy Mazurczak led all scorers with 22 points including 10 in the third quarter for the visiting Rebels. Junior Adam Krozel had seven of his 17 points in the first quarter while sophomore Anthony Mroz notched all 10 of his points in the first half to go along with nine assists and four steals.

“We wanted to come out with a good effort,” said Ridgewood coach Chris Mroz. “Early on we did a pretty good job guarding, and we hit a couple of shots. Our pressure got to them a little bit before the second half got a little sloppy.”

With the win, Ridgewood (11-5, 5-0) remains unbeaten in Metro Suburban Conference play. The Rebels poured in 24 points in the first quarter and were up 38-20 by halftime to put a firm grip on the game.

“Tonight we knew what we had to do,” said Anthony Mroz. “We got some defensive stops and turned that into offense, and we did well rebounding on the defensive glass especially. We controlled the offensive tempo.”

Elmwood Park (8-7, 1-4) came out better in the second half actually outscoring Ridgewood by two, but it was too little, too late. Senior Julian Molina led the Tigers with 10 points but he had three fouls in the first half and a fourth early in the second that limited his playing time and his impact on any potential comeback. Fellow senior David Baratta contributed eight points and seven rebounds in the loss.

“Ridgewood came out very aggressive, and they made us pay,” said Elmwood Park head coach Mike Wasielewski. “I would hope that as a group we’d show more passion at the start of a game like this than we did. We won the second half, but it doesn’t mean anything.”

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