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Raiders rout Redskins; Ritchie gets 1,000

Raiders use 14-0 run in third quarter to pull away.

Posted on Dec. 20, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — By responding to a Goshen run early in the second half and by knocking down shots from all over the court throughout the game Friday, Dec. 20, Northridge (6-0, 1-0) earned a 53-33 Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball victory and stayed among the ranks of the unbeaten.

Goshen (3-3, 0-1) cut the Raiders’ lead to nine points, punctuated by a 3-pointer by Alex Hartsough.

But Northridge used a 14-0 run to push the lead back up to 23 and Goshen never really challenged from that point on.

“That’s a sign of how we are growing up as a team,” said Raiders coach Ronnie Thomas, who saw his team shoot 64.7 percent from the floor (23 of 36). “Down the line, everyone is playing pretty solid.”

Nate Ritchie, who led Northridge with 15 points and four assists, noticed the growth of his team.

“No one seemed fazed (at Goshen’s third-quarter run),” said Ritchie, who scored his 1,000th career point with his first basket at 6:53 of the first quarter. “We are all becoming mature.”

Tom Morrison canned 10 points and Pete Smith nine for the Raiders.

Redskins coach Brian Bechtel watched his team make what he considered some poor choices as Northridge came roaring back.

“When we made that run and they answered it, we lost our poise a little bit,” said Bechtel. “They are offensively so good, you have to keep scoring to put pressure on them.”

Oliver Nafziger, who did not play until the fourth quarter, led the Redskins with six points.

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