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Staples Shocks Ridgefield, Stays in Playoff Hunt

WESTPORT, Conn. - The Staples High boys basketball team turned the tables on one of the most dominant squads in the conference on Wednesday. The Wreckers held second-ranked Ridgefield to a season-low 34 points and kept their conference playoff hopes alive in the process, crushing the Tigers 60-34.

Staples' defense was the star of the evening, holding Ridgefield to only seven points at halftime. The Wreckers forced a whopping 30 Ridgefield turnovers and humbled a Tigers team that has outscored opponents an average of 26.5 points in their 14 wins this season.

Peter Rankowitz led the Wreckers offense with 23 points and added six steals. James Frusciante nabbed a game-high eight steals and put up 12 points. Mike Argosh added 11 points for the Wreckers.

Staples handed Ridgfield just its fourth loss of the season and its first losing streaking of the season. The Tigers also lost to a stunner to Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday.

Staples (9-9 overall, 8-8 conference) is currently in a five-way tie for ninth place in the conference standings. The Wreckers trail Greenwich and Stamford for the final spot in the conference playoffs.

Staples finishes its season with a pair of road games next week at Brien McMahon (Monday, 7 p.m.) and at Bassick (Wednesday, 7 p.m.).

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