POINT PLEASANT – Sooner or later it was bound to happen – a close game for the Ravenswood Runnin’ Red Devil boys basketball team.
Thanks to a big third quarter, Point Pleasant made it a close game Friday night for Ravenswood.
The Devils, though, managed to pull out the road win by a final of 49-47 and move their season record to 11-1.
Ravenswood took a 15-12 lead after the opening eight minutes of play and extended the advantage by halftime to a 33-23 count.
Point Pleasant outscored the Devils by nine (17-8) in the third. The Big Blacks during that stretch built up a five-point lead. Ravenswood managed to get back on top by one (41-40) going into the fourth.
In a low-scoring fourth quarter, Ravenswood produced just eight points while limiting Point Pleasant to seven. .
“Our kids did a nice job defensively and that’s what won the game for us,” veteran head coach Mick Price said after the game. “We didn’t make some of the shots we might normally make offensively, but a lot of that might have been due to Point Pleasant. They had a lot of athletes out on the floor.
“It was really good a game. Both teams played hard. It was a good competitive game.”
Riley Heatherington led Ravenswood in scoring with 13 while Stephen Dawson and Hayden Mandrake each chipped in 11. Isaiah Morgan rounded out Ravenswood’s scoring with nine points.
The Devils were 19-of-44 shooting from the floor and five-of-five at the free throw line.
Dawson was the leading rebounder with 10 while Heatherington grabbed seven. Heatherington also led the team in assists and steals with four and three, respectively.
Point Pleasant, which fell to 9-4 with the loss, was led by Parker Rairdan’s 17. Kason Payne had 14 and Douglas Workman scored 10.
“Every now and then you need a game like this to be tested so that you are ready for it later in the season. I was real proud of our guys and the way they handled things in this game.”
Ravenswood dropped the junior varsity game, 51-33.
The Devils are back on the court tonight (Tuesday) facing Wirt County at home. On Friday, the Devils journey to Willie Akers Arena at the Logan Fieldhouse for a 7 p.m. showdown with Tug Valley.