At the end of the regular season, Ravenswood's Runnin' Red Devils finished in the No. 1 spot of the final Associated Press Class A poll. The chance to be the true No. 1 is still alive for Mick Price's crew as the Devils move on in postseason play.
At the end of the regular season, Ravenswood’s Runnin’ Red Devils finished in the No. 1 spot of the final Associated Press Class A poll.
The chance to be the true No. 1 is still alive for Mick Price’s crew as the Devils move on in postseason play.
The next game for the Devils will be at home with a State Tournament berth on the line. Ravenswood returns to the Mick Price Court inside the Old Gymnasium following a heart-pounding 52-47 overtime victory against Little Kanawha Conference rival Parkersburg Catholic Friday night.
The Devils outscored the Crusaders by a 7-2 count in the extra session to pull out the Class A Region IV, Section 1 title.
Now the Devils, 23-1, will meet Van, 15-8,on Wednesday night in one of eight regional co-finals around the state. The eight winners will make up the Class A field in the 2018 West Virginia High School Boys State Basketball Tournament, March 14-17.
The victory on Friday over Parkersburg Catholic marked the 46th sectional title in school history.
Cade Ullman scored a game-high 25 points for Parkersburg Catholic, including a 3-pointer to tie the game and send it to OT.
The 3-pointer was a part of a 9-3 advantage for Catholic in a low-scoring fourth quarter of play.
Ravenswood appeared early on to race away from the Crusaders. The Devils built a 22-10 lead after the first quarter of meeting number three between the two programs in the 2017-18 season.
Ravenswood owned a 34-25 lead at the break and was clinging to a 42-36 advantage after three.
But the Crusaders drew even in the final quarter to set up the OT showdown.
Ravenswood took control in the extra portion of the game as it had in the first quarter and pulled out the win.
“It was a tough one, a tough one,” Mick Price said. “Our games are a lot like (with Parkersburg Catholic) that one was. You know they’re not going to quit.”
The loss sends Catholic on the road Wednesday evening to play at Tug Valley, which is the only team to hand Ravenswood a loss this season.
In the win over PC, Jayden Rhodes was the leading scorer for Ravenswood with 19 points.
Isaiah Morgan and Stephen Dawson each scored 12.
The trio is part of a seven-member senior class that will get to suit up one last time at home Wednesday.
Morgan and Rhodes both were dealing with painful situations in the second half.
Morgan dealt with an eye gash while Rhodes endured a series of cramps.
Both returned to action, but did miss critical phases of the game.
Ravenswood’s offense also included four points from Chase Swain, three from Blake Bennett and two from Alex Easthom.
Price praised the play of Dawson, Bennett, Swain, Easthom and Lakin Tucker for their contributions while Rhodes and Morgan were sidelined.
The Devils made 16-of-53 shots from the field.
The Devils drilled eight 3-pointers in the game. Rhodes drained three while Morgan buried two. Bennett, Dawson and Swain all had one.
Morgan and Dawson were also in double figures from a rebounding standpoint with 11 and 10, respectively. Rhodes had five, Bennett grabbed four, Easthom had three, Swain pulled down two and Tucker one.
Dawson had four assists while Bennett and Rhodes each dished out three. Morgan had two and Tucker one.
Bennett came up with three steals, Rhodes had one and Easthom one.
Morgan and Dawson both had two blocks and Bennett was credited with one.
“We played great defense,” Price said. “I’m proud of our kids. It was important to them to win. They wanted to play at home (one final time in the regional co-final).”