Ravens defeat Hickory Ridge 79-44 on Friday night hoops

Ravens Darlinstone Dubar scores a basket. Elijah Sidbury #1, Marcus Evans #14 look on. (Ed Berti)
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The Rocky River Ravens who just came off their emotional win over rival Butler on Thursday night came out of the shoot a little flat in the first period against the Ragin’ Bulls from Hickory Ridge.

Game Tip-Off at Ravens Nest. (Ed Berti)

The Ragin’ Bulls who came to play were battling the Ravens in the first half in a low scoring contest.  In the first period the Ravens held an 18-11 edge primarily on the play of Jaden Springer and Marcus Evans.  However, in the second period  Kevon Meertins scored 7 points for the Ragin’ Bulls to keep pace with the Ravens Kahlil Brantley, Trayden Williams and Jordan Campbell to stay close with a half time score 29-21 only 8 points behind Rocky River at the intermission.

Ball drops through hoop after Jaden Springer slam. (Ed Berti)

In the second half Coach Moseley had his team ready to play after they came out from the locker room to begin the second half.  Jaden Springer took it upon himself to take over the game with two big slams, driving down the middle lane, the baseline and hitting on multiple free throws.  By the end of the third period the Ravens had extended their lead to 15 points with a comfortable advantage.

In the fourth period Springer’s dominance continued with a third slam, two blocked shots as he decided to carry his team on his broad shoulders this night at the Ravens Nest.  The small crowd was delighted compared to Thursday night when the Nest was packed to full capacity against the Bulldogs.

Due to last weeks snow storm the Ravens played three games this week and by Friday night it showed they might have been physically tired and emotionally spent from Thursday nights big win.  Springer scored 23 points for the Ravens and led all scorers with a number of rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.  Darlinstone Dubar added 8 points with one slam and Jordan Campbell contributed 8 points for the home team.

Ravens Marcus Evans scores two points plus one. (Ed Berti)

The Ravens are now 15-4 on the season and remain 8-2 in the Southwestern 4A Conference with another big away game to play against Independence.  The Ravens remain ranked 19th in the state.

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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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