RAVENSWOOD – “Say, haven’t we met somewhere before?”
“As a matter of fact, yes we have.”
Perhaps that’s how the conversation went between Point Pleasant and Ravenswood basketball players Tuesday evening at the Old Gymnasium. After all, the two had just squared off on Saturday.
Point Pleasant won that affair 71-48 (see details at jacksonnewspapers.com).
Tuesday night the Big Blacks picked up a second straight win over the Devils, 77-60.
Point Pleasant jumped ahead 21-9 at the end of the opening quarter and kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way against Ravesnwood. Point also outscored the Devils in both the second (22-21) and third (20-13) quarters. Ravenswood did own the edge in the final period (17-14).
“They are pretty good,” said head coach Mick Price of Point Pleasant. “Our kids played hard, but we were never within striking distance.”
Ravenswood fell to 5-15 heading into a regular season home finale with rival Ripley on Friday night. Point Pleasant improved to 12-9. The Big Blacks have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a huge upset of previously unbeaten Greenbrier East, who at the time was the state’s last remaining undefeated boys basketball team in the Mountain State.
Ravenswood’s Jake Martin scorched the nets for 32 points to lead all scorers in the contest. Martin nailed 10 shots from the field, including all five of Ravenswood’s 3-pointers. The junior was 7-of-8 at the free throw line.
Heath Burgess also hit double figures for the Devils with 17. Logan Jarrett added five, Jon Crow contributed four and Matt Peery scored two.
Ravenswood made 21-of-56 shots from the field and was 13-of-16 at the line.
The Devils were short-handed following the loss of Dylan Radabaugh. The sophomore suffered a broken wrist in the contest with Point Pleasant on Saturday. It was yet another blow to a depth issue that has been part of Ravenswood’s problem throughout the 2012-13 season.
“He was starting to play well and find his game,” said Price.
Point Pleasant was led offensively by Dillon McCarty, who scored 24 points and in doing so became the all-time leading scorer in the history of Big Black basketball.
McCarty was one of nine players to score for the Big Blacks. Wade Martin and Adam Yates also hit double figures. Martin had 16 while Yates finished with 13.
Point Pleasant made 31 field goals in the win, with seven different players knocking down at least one 3-pointer. The Big Blacks were 8-of-13 at the line.
Ravenswood had 40 rebounds as a team with Martin pulling down 10. Martin and Dalton Gandee each had two steals. Burgess dished out three assists.
In the junior varsity tilt, Point Pleasant prevailed by a final of 54-34. Evan Potter led Point Pleasant with 13 while Jonathan Watkins was Ravenswood’s top scorer with 10.
Price reminds fans to wear pink if at all possible Friday night to help in the fight against breast cancer. Both teams will be wearing special pink warmup shirts along with pink shoe laces. Literature will be passed out to inform those in attendance about breast cancer awareness.
The Devil head coach noted that many in both areas have been hit with the dreadful disease.