WILLMAR—For Ridgewater to successfully take down St. Cloud Technical on Wednesday night, the sixth-ranked team nationally, the Warriors would need nothing short of a complete effort capped off with pristine execution down the stretch.
Both of those necessities were present—and then some—as Ridgewater upset the Cyclones, 80-74, behind 23 points from Akeem Oglesby.
The Warriors delivered a performance full of heart, rarely trailing the Cyclones over the course of the game and jumping out to a 14-point lead at one point in the second half.
Just as expected, though St. Cloud made its run to draw within one possession on multiple occasions. But Ridgewater didn't flinch.
After the Cyclones cut the lead to 62-61 thanks to a 20-7 run, the Warriors answered right back with a Marvin Perkins jumper and Devin Fostervold 3-pointer.
St. Cloud rattled off the next four points, but Oglesby had four points during a quick 6-0 spurt to put the Warriors up 73-67 with 2:40 remaining.
A mistake on the offensive end led to a layup for Darian Marshall of the Cyclones, and a foul only exacerbated the problem with a three-point play cutting the lead to three points. A pair of free throws slimmed the margin to one point at 73-72 with 1:41 to play.
Then Oglesby went to work. A mean crossover shook the sophomore guard's defender, allowing him to find Le'Darian McAllister in the paint. McAllister, who ignited the crowd with a one-handed slam late in the first half, drew a foul and made both free throws.
Oglesby put the game on ice with a layup on the next possession followed by another with 22 seconds to play that put Ridgewater up, 79-72.
McAllister added 14 points while Perkins added 13 points and Jesse Vogel chipped in 12 points.
St. Cloud entered the game with a 16-3 record and a four-game win streak that it saw snapped at the hands of the Warriors' 47.5 percent shooting and 1.12 points per possession.
Ridgewater held a 38-33 lead at halftime, then Perkins hit three 3-pointers and Oglesby added two of his own in climbing out to a 55-41 lead.
Ridgewater 80, St. Cloud 74
St. Cloud (16-4) 33 41 —74
Ridgewater (15-5) 38 42 — 80
ST. CLOUD TECHNICAL- Scoring: Levi Hunt 12, Nick Raeker 2, Quentin Miller 8, Darian Marshall 10, Shariff Silas 2, Kyle Williams 4, Lance Gardner 17, C Pillow 19 ... 3-point shots: Miller 2, Gardner 2, Pillow 3 ... Rebound leader: Gardner 10 ... Steal leader: Hunt 4
RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Marvin Perkins 13, Taylor DeLaughter 3, Le'Darian McAllister 14, Devin Fostervold 10, Jack Turnbull 5, Akeem Oglesby 23 ... 3-point shots: Perkins 3, DeLaughter 1, Fostervold 1, Vogel 1, Turnbull 1, Oglesby 3 ... Rebound leader: Oglesby 8 ... Assist leader: Oglesby 6 ...
SC Technical 81, Ridgewater 61
A stagnant third quarter on both ends of the floor doomed the Ridgewater women's basketball team in an MCAC loss to St. Cloud Technical on Wednesday in Willmar.
The Warriors trailed by two at halftime but were outscored by 11 in the third quarter and couldn't muster a comeback in the fourth.
Kallee Anderson led the Warriors with 15 points and she also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Kaitlynn Kienholz finished with 10 points and four assists and Abby Olberg had nine points. Alexis Schmitz had eight points, eight rebounds and two steals.
The Warriors play at Rochester at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
SC Tech 17 15 24 25 — 81
Ridgewater 16 14 13 18 — 61
ST. CLOUD TECHNICAL - Scoring: Danilyuk 14, Cassens 13, Eickhoff 21, Bagaason 2, VanHale 13, Lee 18 ... 3-point shots: Danilyuk 3, Cassens 3, Eickhoff 1, Lee 3 ... Rebound leader: Lee 21 ... Assist leader: Cassens 8 ... Steal leader: Danilyuk 5
RIDGEWATER - Scoring: Abby Oberg 9, Salma Perez 3, Anna Barfknecht 6, Alexis Schmitz 8, Sarah Smith 6, Kallee Anderson 15, Kaitlynn Kienholz 10, Andrea Olson 4 ... 3-point shots: Oberg 1, Perez 1, Barfknecht 2 ... Rebound leader: Anderson 13, Schmitz 8 ... Assist leader: Oberg 5, Kienholz 4 ... Steal leader: Schmitz 2