RALEIGH Voyager Academy has probably seen enough of Ravenscroft this season.
The Ravens cruised to their second decisive victory in as many meetings against the Vikings, rolling to a 91-56 victory in a David West bracket semifinal game Monday at the HighSchoolOT.Com Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School.
Ian Dubose scored 20 points to lead five players in double digits for Ravenscroft (10-3), which advanced to face unbeaten Terry Sanford for the title Wednesday at 6:50 p.m.
Tyler Williams added 19 points, Michael Okauru 13, Douglas Elks 11 and Demarcus Taylor 10 points for Ravenscroft, which had handed Voyager its first loss on Dec. 18 in a 85-64 margin.
Ravenscroft broke open a close game late in the second quarter, scoring the final seven points – the last three coming on a 30-foot heave by Elks at the buzzer – to take a 39-29 halftime lead.
The Ravens later went on an 18-5 surge late in the third quarter, six of the points coming from Williams, to take a 64-41 lead.
“It’s always difficult playing a team two times in about 10 days and having beaten them by quite a bit the first time,” Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman said. “They are a good team that put on a good show (Saturday) … (but) our team is very skilled, we have a bunch of players that can make plays.”
Jay Huff had 26 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to lead Voyager (11-2), but the Virginia-bound senior had only seven points after halftime after picking up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter.
After Huff hit a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 27 seconds to go in the second quarter to bring the Vikings within 32-29, Ravenscroft answered with seven straight points, the last four coming in the final 3.6 seconds as Chris Barnette scored on a bank shot and Elks followed by intercepting a pass just inside the halfcourt line and launching a deep shot that swished through at the buzzer for a 39-29 lead.
They said it
“It was a challenge I was looking forward to,” Dubose said of going up against Huff. “Pretty much every game I have to go against the biggest guy, but I always tell myself to just work as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens.”
Three who mattered
Ian Dubose, Ravenscroft: In addition to his team-high 20 points, Dubose added four steals and seven rebounds.
Tyler Williams, Ravenscroft: His 19 points came efficiently on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line.
Jay Huff, Voyager: Huff scored made 7 of 8 shots in the first half, including three three-pointers, to help keep the Vikings within striking distance.
By the numbers
4: Fouls committed by Huff, all by the 4:14 mark of the third quarter.
6: Fouls committed by Ravenscroft in the first 1:45 of play. Despite that, Ravenscroft still attempted 15 first-half free throws to Voyager’s seven. “We play with certain rules on our man-to-man, we play with our hands wide and don’t tag, and the kids did that.” Billerman said. “I wasn’t that concerned (about the fouls), we have enough players that we can put somebody in and not lose anything.”
11: Field goals made by Voyager players besides Huff. The Bulldogs shot 42 percent from the field. “They are really, really good.” Voyager coach Mike Huff said. “I thought we had done some things to give them better competition, but the way they played, you have to give them credit. It’s beautiful basketball the way they play.”