RALEIGH The Ravenscroft boys’ basketball team started Thanksgiving off the right way, staying unbeaten and handing St. David’s School its first loss of the year.
The Ravens (3-0) needed a big fourth quarter to pull away from the pesky Warriors (3-1) for a 78-59 victory on Tuesday. Ravenscroft outscored the hosts 24-13 in the final frame, but the 19-point margin down the stretch didn’t indicate how tight the contest was throughout the night.
Ravenscroft had to withstand a late third-quarter rally from St. David’s and finally got some breathing room once forward Ian Dubose sparked in order to bridge the third and fourth periods.
After Warriors’ forward Kris Monroe knocked down a three to give his team a one-point lead — their first of the second half — Dubose bullied his way to the basket for a layup, drawing the foul. After hitting the free throw, the Ravens were back in front. Moments later, Dubose found himself all alone under the basket for a slam and the visitors led 54-46 heading into the final frame.
Dubose wasn’t done, though, getting another jam early in the fourth to push the Ravens’ lead to eight. After a basket from the Warriors, Ravenscroft guard Chris Barnette knocked down a three from the right wing.
But each time the Ravens eclipsed a double-digit advantage, St. David’s fired back with sharp shooting. A triple by St. David’s senior guard Robbie O’Han, who finished with a game-high 29 points, cut the lead to six, but that would be as close as it would get the rest of the way. Ravenscroft closed the game on a 13-0 run, sparked by none other than Dubose, who managed another three-point play in the paint to get things rolling for the Ravens.
Dubose and Ravenscroft point guard Michael Okauru led the Ravens with 22 points apiece. Forward Tyler Williams added 11 and Andrew Ejiofor added nine to round out a balanced scoring attack for Ravenscroft.
O’Han was aided by Monroe, who chipped in 20 points as the only other Warriors player in double figures.
It was a game of runs for both teams, as the Warriors closed the gap in the first quarter with a 11-2 run, trailing by four after the opening quarter, only to watch the Ravens go on a 12-2 run in the second to take a 10-point lead into the locker room.
O’Han got going in the third quarter, three times cutting the Ravenscroft lead to single digits with his long-distance shooting. However, the Ravens rode the shoulders of their 6-foot-4 forward, who shook off early foul trouble, coming through in the clutch for Ravenscroft.
Ravenscroft girls hold St. David’s to two points in second half, win 55-14
Once the Ravenscroft girls got their offense going, it was smooth sailing against St. David’s. The defense, on the other hand, was never an issue.
Playing their first game of the season, Ravenscroft relied on ball pressure and aggressive trapping to best the Warriors, 55-14. St. David’s (0-2) only had four players score the entire game.
The result was a two-point third quarter for St. David’s and a scoreless fourth.
“For us it starts with defense,” Ravens coach Shon Hardy said. “We ramped up our defense more to get more energy. Once we did that things started rolling, but really it starts with our defense.”
Seven players scored for Ravenscroft (1-0), led by guard Madison Taylor with a game-high 17 points. Alexis Hunter added 12, while Lynn Johnson and Demi Washington finished with eight each.