UTICA — There aren’t many times in a high school varsity basketball game that a freshman can miss six shots in a row and have his coach tell him to keep shooting.
Thankfully for the Danville basketball team Monday night, that’s exactly what happened.
Freshman Ridge Durbin and the rest of his teammates struggled in the first 2 1/2 quarters Monday, but found their stroke when they needed and the Blue Devils pulled off a 50-45 come-from-behind Mid-Buckeye Conference victory over host Utica.
“I told Ridge to keep shooting. He’s a big boy for a freshman. He’s been playing basketball since he was like 3 and it shows. He battles night after night. I see an improvement in him on a daily basis. He stepped into a big role tonight,” said Danville coach Doug Selvey.
The Blue Devils (17-4 overall, 9-4 MBC) scored just one point in the second quarter, missing on all 10 of their shots. Durbin missed six in that period alone as the Redskins (9-10, 8-5) took a 20-11 lead into the locker room.
“They did not make many field goals. I thought our defense played OK,” said Utica coach Brian Radabaugh.
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