Sunday, February 10, 2008

Live Blog- Plainfield vs. Ridge

Plainfield (NJ) and Ridge (NJ) are playing in the second to last game of the 2008 Primetime Shootout. The Cardinals from Plainfield have two superb underclassmen, sophomore guard Isaiah Epps and freshman guard Tyrone Johnson, along with a high-quality junior, guard Anthony Baskerville. Ridge has a deep team, yet there is no true star player on the squad. I will tell you about the game as it progresses.

8:31pm- Plainfield is up 7-2 with 2:34 to go in the first quarter, after Baskerville went 1/2 at the stripe.

8:33pm- Epps hit a three to put his team up 10-4.

8:35pm- Tyrone Johnson knocked down a three at the buzzer to give Plainfield an 11-point cushion entering the second quarter. The Cardinals lead 15-4.

8:41pm- No points have been scored through three minutes of the second quarter.

8:42pm- Ridege just knocked down a trey to open up the scoring in the quarter. The basket was from sophomore swingman Andrew Madlinger.

8:43pm- Baskerville hit one of two at the line. Madlinger then drained another three-ball. Baskerville answered with a three of his own. The Cardinals are on top 19-10 with 3:31 left to play in the first half.

8:47pm- Mike Price, a Plainfield sophomore guard, just showed an ability to take contact as he drove, got bumped while in the air, and still finished. That was nice play from the six-footer.

8:51pm- Madlinger hit a deuce for Ridge. They are down 25-12.

8:52pm- Baskerville knocked down a three with about 10 seconds to play in the half, pushing Plainfield's lead up to 16. The half will end with that being the score differential. Plainfield is ahead 28-12.

9:04pm- Tyrone Johnson had a nice move to get to the hole for a finger roll. He is a good talent.

9:05pm- Plainfield is ahead 31-15 after about two minutes of play in the second half.

9:07pm- Madlinger drained another trey. He can really stroke it from beyond the arc.

9:12pm- With just over 2:00 left in the third quarter, Plainfield is up by 19, by a score of 41-22.

9:16pm- The Cardinals are ahead 43-24 after three quarters.

9:24pm- Ridge has cut the lead down to 15, but the game is out of reach. Plainfield leads 47-32 with 4:30 remaining in the game.

9:28pm- Tyrone Johnson knocked down a three. He has a very well-rounded offensive game, especially for a freshman. Johnson can shoot if from behind the arc and has the ability to get to the hoop off the dribble.

9:30pm- Khalid Muhammad, a junior forward, scored two straight baskets for Plainfield.

9:32pm- Andrew Madlinger hit another trey for Ridge. His longe-range shot is quite impressive.

9:35pm- Plainfield will walk away from this one with a 61-45 victory. They dominated this game from start to finish.

9:36pm- The MVP of the game from Ridge was Andrew Madlinger, who had 17 points and hit four threes. Plainfield's MVP was Anthony Baskerville, who had 14 points.

9:49pm- After the game, I talked with Anthony Baskerville and Andrew Madlinger. Again, I'll get the interviews up when I have the time.

9:57pm- For your information, Tyrone Johnson had 16 points for the Cardinals, and Isaiah Epps dropped 10 of his own. Madlinger was the only player on Ridge to score in double figures.

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