Ravens Fly High Over Patriots 56-32

Javares Green scores on a nice jump shot. (Photos by Paul Imirie)
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MINT HILL, NC – The Rocky River Ravens simply beat the Patriots at home in a very solid effort by the home team at the “Ravens Nest.” The “Proud Boys” as they are called on their home court simply took it to the Patriots. However, Indy did play without their top scorer Bryce Brooks who was missing due to COVID protocols for testing positive.

Kameron Jasper scores on a drive to the hoop.

Therefore, other Patriots had to step up and were not able to meet the challenge. Also, Rocky River which is good basketball team and well-coached nicely executed their game  plan to accomplish their mission.

The Ravens played with aggression, they like to run up and down the court at a fast pace and they simply began to wear down the Patriots period by period. We observed and watched a highly competitive game in the first period, actually the entire first half. But the Patriots did not have the capacity to compete in the second half. They were chopped down with a sharp axe branch by branch by the Ravens.

Anthony Franchi puts up a shot as Ralph Johnson defends.

In the opening period the Ravens had a slim 2 point lead at 11-9, by the intermission they had a 4 point edge 26-22. However, in the third period the Ravens outscored the Pats 14-4 to widen their gap, and took control of this basketball game. Indy shooters went cold from the floor, and the Ravens played their best defensive game of the season on a great deal of emotion. This brewing rivalry is probably considered the Ravens biggest at the school since only two miles separates each campus.

Javares Green who was selected by the Ravens coaches as the “Player of the Game” took charge along with Jaden Lyles in the second half and dominated on the court. Their presence was felt and they made a significant difference. Meanwhile, Henry Price, Anthony Franchi, Trevion Graham, and Nathaniel Nevels all did a solid job under the boards to boxout the Patriots from getting second-chance opportunities inside the paint.

Malachi Alston makes move to the basket and gets fouled.

In the final period, the Ravens outscored and dominated the Patriots 16-6 whose shooting remained cold the entire half. The Ravens scored 30 points compared with the Patriots anemic 10 point performance. Let’s give lots of credit to the Ravens defense, but the Patriots shooting was awful, not capitalizing on some good scoring opportunities truly destroyed any momentum they needed to make a serious run. The Ravens earned this victory and proved to be the better team on Tuesday night.

Javares Green led all scorers playing a solid basketball game with 18 points, Jayden Lyles 14, Will Ham 10 were the top scorers for the Ravens. Green also hauled down 7 rebounds in the contest. The Patriots top scorer was Sabastian Taylor with 7 points, and he grabbed 9 rebounds for Indy.

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Ed Berti
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