Bulldogs topple Ravens at the Dawg Pound 72-54

Two big points for the Ravens and one. (Ed Berti)
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The Bulldogs trailed early in the game, however, once they took the lead they never looked back as they swept the next two periods with a convincing win over the Ravens.

Action on the court at the Dawg Pound. (Ed Berti)

The Bulldogs senior leader Raquan Brown had a huge first half scoring 18 points to set the pace for the home team.  After Butler took a 21-10 first period lead, the Ravens never really mounted an effective comeback.   At the intermission, the Bulldogs still had a comfortable 36-27 advantage as the Ravens were only able to make a two point dent in the deficit.  The Ravens seniors Narique Smith and Tim Smith had 8 and 6 points each to lead the scoring for Rocky River.

In the third period, Butler opened with a fast paced running game, while hitting some big 3 point shots to keep the Ravens at bay.  They played tough defense, were now winning the physical game under the boards.  They held the Ravens offense to only 5 points, while scoring 16 of their own taking a substantial 20 point edge with a 52-32 advantage.

In the fourth and final period, the two teams went back and forth and the Ravens tried desperately to mount a comeback, with Narique Smith, Tim Smith and Calik Thomas, however, it was not in the cards tonight as Brayden Dixon scored 6 points, Patrick Wessler the 6’9″ freshman scored 6 points, Brown nailed a 3 pointer, and Rajuan Connor scored to counter the Ravens every move to gain the momentum.  When the dust settled, as the scoreboard clock would run down on the Ravens who outscored Butler 22-20, it just was not enough to bring home a much needed upset win.

Narique Smith scored 15 points, Tim Smith 13, Calik Thomas 9, Nicholas Burns 5 for the Ravens.  While Raquan Brown led all scorers with 24 points, Brayden Dixon 14, and Patrick Wessler 12 for the victorious Bulldogs.

The Ravens will now take on Myers Park this Tuesday night at the  Ravens Nest for an important Southwestern 4-A Conference contest as this will be the second time these two teams have played each other this month.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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