CLARION - The Ridgway Elkers defeated the Sewickley Academy Panthers by a 48-40 score to advance to the second round of the PIAA Class A boysâ€™ tournament.
The Elkers will meet the Kennedy Catholic squad next Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. Kennedy Catholic defeated Cornell by a 64-53 score.
The Elkers were able to use a pressing defense in the first half of last nightâ€™s contest to build a 10-4 lead after the first eight minutes and take a 21-12 halftime lead.
In the second half, Sewickley outscored the Elkers by a 28-27 margin to cut Ridgwayâ€™s final margin of victory to 48-40.
â€śRight away we thought we could apply pressure on their guards,â€ť said Elker coach Anthony Allegretto.
â€śThey made adjustments at halftime and were able to attack us better,â€ť said the coach. The Elkers forced 15 Panther turnovers in the first half. In the second half each team had seven turnovers.
â€śAlex Oknefski stepped up tonight and Jesse Reynolds played a great game,â€ť said Allegretto.
The Elkers will meet Kennedy Catholic on Tuesday.