The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team bounced back after two tough losses to defeat the Myers Park Mustangs at home.
The Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten by the South Mecklenburg Sabres last Friday by the score of 64-31. The 4A Southwestern Conference game was played on the Sabres’ home court.
Leading up to the game, the two teams appeared to be evenly matched. Each team came into this game with identical 4-7 overall records. The Ravens were 2-0 in the Conference and the Sabres were 1-1.
The Rocky River Ravens girls’ basketball team walloped the South Mecklenburg Sabres 53-36 in an away game for the Ravens.
This game was very competitive in the first half. Rocky River’s pressure half-court defense forced a few early turnovers by S. Meck. The Ravens jumped out to a 6-0 lead as they held the Sabres scoreless for the first five minutes. The Sabres settled down from there and actually held the lead at the end of the first quarter at 10-9. The Ravens were getting good shots but they couldn’t get them to fall.
The second quarter was a back and forth affair. The Sabres led by as many as three points and the Ravens’ largest lead was the halftime score of 22-19. Head Coach Odis Gadson substituted liberally as all nine Rocky River players saw action. At the half Freshman Guard Makayla Carter led the Ravens’ balanced scoring with six points. Carter made two of three shots from three point range.
In a see-saw battle, the Rocky River Ravens boys’ basketball team was beaten on their home court by the Sun Valley Spartans last Friday night 49-46. These two teams met just nine days earlier on the Spartans’ home floor with Sun Valley prevailing 45-42. Although the margin of victory for the Spartans was the same the second time around, the Ravens nearly came out with a win this time. This was an evenly matched game from the start.
The Ravens and Spartans both played stingy, albeit different, zone defenses. New head coach Jason Buzzard’s Ravens periodically switched from a standard 2-3 defense to a trapping 1-3-1. Both types were effective at times. Sun Valley stayed in an active matchup 2-3 zone that the Ravens had a hard time penetrating. The defenses really dictated the flow of the game, that is to say, there wasn’t any. Most of the scoring in the first half was from loose balls and turnovers. The two teams’ zone offenses had their moments but for the most part were ineffective. The Ravens lead at the end of the first quarter 13-10 and 27-24 at the half.
Both teams made adjustments at the half. Sun Valley was able to get the ball inside the Ravens’ zone in the first two minutes of the half and grabbed the lead 30-29. Rocky River was intent on pressing the Spartans, hoping for some turnovers which would lead to easy buckets. It worked to a degree but the Ravens also committed more fouls in the frenetic pace. The Spartans outscored the Ravens 15-7 in the third quarter and led 39-34 to start the fourth quarter.
The Rocky Ravens girls’ ball team is preparing for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Second year Head Coach Odis Gadson returns to a team that was 10-15 last year.
Coach Gadson is assisted by longtime coaches Troy Gaston and Rasheed Taylor. While this is Coach Gadson’s second year at Rocky River he was previously the head coach of the girls’ varsity team at Garinger High School for two years. Originally from Philadelphia, Coach Gadson played both football and basketball in high school in neighboring New Jersey and considers himself a student of the game.