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Ridgewood's Adam Krozel shoots over Galesburg's Ethan Meeker during a basketball game in Norridge, Saturday, February 16, 2013 I David Banks~for Sun-Times Media
Galesburg sophomore Grant Gibson scored a game-high 22 points as the Silver Streaks beat the Ridgewood boys basketball team 59-52 Saturday. Gibson was especially effective in the second quarter. The 6-foot-2 small forward scored nine points during that period as the Silver Streaks (17-13) turned a 16-16 game into a 32-24 lead at halftime.
Galesburg seniors Marcus Ross and Travon Diggins put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. Ross, a 6-foot-4 forward, nailed a 3-pointer to stretch Galesburg’s lead to 51-44. Diggins, a point guard, then stole an in-bounds pass and scored an uncontested layup with 4:59 remaining. The Silver Streaks led by at least seven points the rest of the way.
“We just came out sluggish,” said Ridgewood senior Adam Krozel, who finished with a team-high 18 points. “They outperformed us in the beginning and they just brought the heat again. They came out and outplayed us (in the fourth quarter). That just ruined the game for us.”
Galesburg excelled at the end of quarters. The Silver Streaks, whose trip to Norridge took more than three hours, scored field goals in the final 10 seconds of all four quarters.
“It’s all energy, to be honest with you,” Ridgewood coach Chris Mroz said. “We had no energy whatsoever. It’s just disappointing. ... We didn’t compete tonight.”
Ridgewood fell to 17-8 overall.