McNamara, St. Pierre shine in Ridgefield's win over Stamford

After his team kicked off the new year with a 79-60 road victory over Stamford on Wednesday night, Ridgefield High boys basketball coach Andrew McClellan pointed out two numbers that he liked even better than the final score.

Those were 25 and six.

"We had 25 assists and just six turnovers; we've never done that before ... had that many assists and such a low number of turnovers ... since I've been here," said McClellan. "I can count on one hand the number of times we have had less than 10 turnovers in a game."

Ridgefield's 17-point win, against a quality opponent, was impressive enough. Even more notable was that it came despite the Tigers' missing three key players: point guard Luke McGarrity, center Jackson Mitchell, and combo guard Ryan Malley. McGarrity missed his third straight contest with a broken thumb; Mitchell had to sit out after being ejected in Ridgefield's previous game against Bassick; and Malley played just the first few minutes before departing with a wrist injury.

"I was worried," said McClellan. "But at the same time it was an opportunity for other people to step up and they did."

Senior Brenden McNamara poured in 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds (seven off the offensive boards) to lead the Tigers, who are now 3-2 this season. Switching from forward to center to replace Mitchell, McNamara scored 16 of his points in the first quarter, helping Ridgefield open a 23-10 lead.

Stamford trimmed its deficit to 10 points, 35-25, at halftime, but the Tigers stretched their lead to 58-42 through three quarters. Junior shooting guard James St. Pierre (22 points) hit three of his four three-pointers in the third period for Ridgefield.

"James is a great shooter, but he can also drive to the basket," said McClellan. "He's a big part of what we want to do on offense."

Chris Knachel added 10 points for Ridgefield, and Alex Price finished with seven points and four assists. Weston Carpenter contributed five points, while Matt Misurelli, Nick Hall and Matthew DeLuca had two points apiece.

Lovell Staton scored a team-high 16 points for Stamford, which fell to 3-2.