NEW PARIS - Chestnut Ridge coach Randy Meck gives a lot of credit for the team's success to seniors Ben Pick and Adam Wiley.
The twosome once again showed why its coach holds them in such high regard.
Both Pick and Wiley, along with junior Beau Bosch, had double-doubles in points and rebounds to lead the Lions past Windber, 69-53, in the opening round of the District 5?Class AA playoffs Saturday at the Richard W. Fisher gym.
"The seniors were excellent. I'm very proud of them," Meck said. "They've helped establish this program and are a big reason we're where we are at. They're great kids on the court and off the court."
Pick just missed a triple-double with 21 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. He also had four steals. Wiley scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Bosch added 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Third-seeded Chestnut Ridge advanced to the semifinals for a game with second-seed Northern Bedford 7 p.m. Wednesday at Northern Bedford. Windber's season ended at 8-15.
Ridge has defeated the Panthers eight straight times, including twice this season, but five of those games have been decided by three points or less.
"It's going to be a real battle. It's a great rivalry," Meck said. "Their kids will be really up for the game. So will ours. It'll be exciting."
The Lions' size advantage proved too much for Windber too overcome.
"Their size have us a lot of trouble. There's no doubt about that," Windber coach Chad Manippo said. "We played very well in the first quarter, but their size got to us in the second quarter. They started getting some offensive rebounds and putbacks. That really seemed to boost their confidence."
Trailing 16-15 in the latter part of the first quarter, Ridge closed out the period with a 11-2 run. Pick and Bosch each made a pair of layups, and Wiley drained his third 3-pointer of the quarter.
Wiley ended the quarter with a layup just before the buzzer that came off a Pick steal near midcourt.
"Giving up 18 points in the first quarter was very disappointing," Meck said. "I'm glad to get a win, but we have to fix some things on defense."
The Ridge run continued in the second quarter with 11 straight points. Bryce Spak's free throw broke the Windber scoring drought with 4:41 left in the half, but by that time, the Lions were ahead, 37-19.
"We wanted to minimize their length by attacking with our guards off the dribble," Manippo said. "We had some success but weren't consistent with it."
Back-to-back 3-pointers by the Ramblers' Dan Tomlinson helped Windber pull within eight points midway through the third quarter.
Ridge answered with a 9-0 spurt over the remainder of the period. Pick's tip in at the buzzer put the Lions back up by 17 points, 53-36.
WINDBER (53): Ursino 5 0-0 4, Da. Tomlinson 4 0-0 10, Zabrucky 4 0-0 10, Barkley 3 1-2 8, Spak 3 2-4 8, De. Tomlinson 1 0-0 3, Pipon 0 0-0 0, Stenger 0 0-0 0, Walerysiak 0 0-0 0, Almodovar 0 0-0 0. Totals - 20 3-6 53.
CHESTNUT RIDGE (69): T. Wiley 1 3-5 6, Bosch 7 2-6 16, Weyant 1 0-2 2, A. Wiley 6 5-10 20, Pick 5 10-13 21, M. Wiley 2 0-2 4, Hengst 0 0-0 0, Grubb 0 0-0 0, Stultz 0 0-0 0, Crist 0 0-0 0. Totals - 22 20-38 69.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Windber18 7 11 17 - 53
Chestnut Ridge26 14 13 16 - 69
3-point goals: Windber 10 (Ursino 4, Da. Tomlinson 2, Zabrucky 2, Barkley, De. Tomlinson); Chestnut Ridge 5 (A. Wiley 3, T. Wiley, Pick).
Records: Windber (8-15); Chestnut Ridge (18-5).