Ridgefield brings defense on the road to Westhill

The Ridgefield defense swarms Jeremiah Livingston of Westhill. Photo/ Lindsay Perry

The Ridgefield defense swarms Jeremiah Livingston of Westhill.
Photo/ Lindsay Perry

If teams do not execute against Ridgefield, they are not going to beat Ridgefield.

The Tigers under Andrew McClellan are no different in how prepared they are for a game than they were under Carl Charles.

They showed that Friday night at Westhill, beating the Vikings 64-54 to move to 2-0.

It was once again the Tigers defense though they ran a man-to-man instead of the customary 1-3-1 and it gave Westhill fits all night.

What the Vikings did not do was execute their screens on offense or their slides and box outs on defense and the Tigers took advantage.

Not sure if it had anything to do with beating St. Joe’s Wednesday but Westhill was just not ready to play in the first half and the Tigers opened up  a 33-19 lead at the half.

After scoring 41 Wednesday, Jeremiah Livingston was held in check in the first half, scoring 6 points before coming alive in the third with 10 points to finish with 18 on the evening.

Livingston can create his own shots to an extent but needs to be freed up by off ball screens and those were not working for Westhill Friday.

Charles Irwin and Matt Brennan both hit big shots with Irwin finishing with 21 and Brennan with 23.

The Purple Pack Photo/ Lindsay Perry

The Purple Pack
Photo/ Lindsay Perry

Patrick Racy was tough to deal with inside and Zach Ward played a stellar defensive game for the Tigers.

This game shows what we already knew, the FCIAC is wide open behind Central and Ridgefield has tossed their hats in as a contender.

  • Strong showing by the Purple Pack at Westhill and a few members of the Tiger’s Lair even made the trip to Stamford. May be two best student sections in FCIAC.
Scott Ericson