RALEIGH — Four Ravenscroft players scored in double-digits as the Ravens boys started early and held on to top North Raleigh Christian, 68-48.
“I think our team’s maturing,” said Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman. “We’ve probably played one of the top three schedules in the state of North Carolina for high school teams, and the kids are growing up. I thought tonight was a good example of team basketball both offensively and defensively. Even with probably our best player, Chris Corchiani, getting in foul trouble, we were able to extend the lead and that’s really a testament to our kids growing up.”
Freshmen Ian DuBose and Mike Okauru powered the Ravens when Corchiani picked up his third foul in the second quarter.
Okauru scored all 11 of his points in the first half to help jumpstart the Ravens. He and DuBose combined for 16 of Ravenscroft’s 25 second-quarter points, as the Ravens pulled ahead by double-digits before halftime.
DubBose and junior David Reynolds finished with 12 points apiece. Sophomore Andrew Ejiofor added ten for the Ravens.
NRCA junior Roger Ray hit a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter to pull the Knights’ deficit below 20 points, but Ravenscroft held North Raleigh scoreless for the first three minutes of the fourth to put the game back out of reach at a 25-point margin midway through the final period.
Senior Jalen Jones led the Knights with 19 points. Ray and Nick Johnson chipped in 17 and 10, respectively.
Ravens girls step up defense
Ravenscroft pulled away in the second half Tuesday, turning a four-point halftime lead into a 55-36 win over visiting North Raleigh Christian.
The win was an early step in the Ravens’ goal to win the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference title, said Ravenscroft coach Shon Hardy.
Junior Cailin Dorsey led the Ravens with 18 points. Sophomore Nandi Traywick and freshman Lynn Johnson each added 10.
“The difference between the second half is we played better defense and limited them to eight points in the third quarter and we made more easy shots that we missed in the first half,” Hardy said, adding that one of the team’s points of emphasis is to get eight to 10 points in transition each game.
All but one of the Ravens’ 15 third-quarter points came from transition or second-chance opportunities, as Ravenscroft (12-4, 2-0 TISAC) distanced itself by double-digits.
“Our girls just came off of a great win against Wake Christian on Friday and I knew that they had a lot of energy,” NRCA coach Paige Woodard said. “This is a big rivalry for our girls, but we knew Ravenscroft was a good team so we came out with a bunch of jump defenses trying to throw them off, but when Katy Cook went down, it just hurt our rotations in the post.”
North Raleigh Christian (6-9) was led by freshman Amaya Williams, who scored a game-high 19 points, but was held to just one field goal in the second half.