Ribet leaps over 'Cat boys,
by Misty Volaski
Contrary to popular belief, it has been three years since
the Villanova boys' varsity basketball team has made it this
far in playoffs. However, the rumors about Villanova's season
record stand true - they ended the regular season 7-0 for the
first time ever.
But when the Wildcats faced Ribet Academy, they knew they'd have
their work cut out for them. Ribet, who Villanova's coach Matt
Dunn described as "the most athletic, quick team we played
all year," was able to dribble much quicker than the Wildcats
were used to. "We play a very disciplined game. This was
a different type of game. They had too much speed; it was too
much to overcome," Dunn added.
The majority of Villanova's points came from Djadji Daffe, who
had 25 points and 21 rebounds. Clark Tevis followed, with seven
points. Cole Gibson and Nate Langelier were close behind with
five points and four points, respectively.
Despite a great improvement in point guard Ryan Kirby's game,
who put in a tireless effort to keep Ribet out of the Wildcat
basket, Ribet beat Villanova, 66-41.
And with a score of 17-7 in the first quarter, it's not entirely
surprising. However, it was the 35 turnovers that Ribet got that
really knocked Villanova out of the playoffs.
"We were always about 15 points behind." Dunn noted.
"We just didn't know how to handle Ribet."
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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