Ravenwood bettered their record to Tuesday night with a 58-51 home victory over Overton.
Formerly a district rival, the Bobcats have remained a traditional rival for most District 11-AAA schools because of their proximity and year-end-year out athleticism.
“It’s like playing a district game,” Raptor coach Patrick Whitlock said after the game. “We know what they’re going to do and they know what we’re going to do. You have to go out and outplay the other team.”
The Raptors held a solid advantage – roughly seven points – for the majority of the contest before Overton’s comeback effort was sparked in the fourth quarter. Trailing 40-33 after three quarters, the Bobcats opened the fourth on a 7-0 run and tied the game 40-40 with a fast break basket by Shaquille Davis with 7:06 remaining in the game.
Tied 42-42 at the 4:55 mark, Branndon Jones hit a jumper from the corner of the free throw line to give Ravenwood the go-ahead basket. The team would not look back as they outscored Overton 16-9 to close the game.
Whitlock was proud of the way his team closed the game, crediting defense and solid ball handling for the win.
“We just went out and played a little better defense,” the coach said of the adjustment made after the Bobcats tied the game. “Offensively, we were strong with the ball. If we don’t turn the ball over, and get shots, we’re going to be a very difficult out for anybody we play.”
Joey Barnes, a 6-foot-8 senior, led Ravenwood with 20 points – 14 of which came in the second half.
While the Raptors go nine players deep, Barnes rarely spent time on the bench as his touch around the basket and quickness as a defender make him a difficult player to take out of the ballgame.
Whitlock sees the improvements Barnes has made and wants to force opponents to adjust their strategies to Barnes.
“Joey is one of the most skilled big men in Middle Tennessee,” he said. “He is battle tested and has been here and played for two years. We’re going to lean on him.”
Overton’s Ivan Alsup was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points.
Ravenwood’s girls basketball team was victorious as well, hold off a Bobcat fourth-quarter run to win 43-38.
The Lady Raptors built their advantage to 41-32 midway through the final quarter before Overton’s full-court pressure sped Ravenwood up on offense, causing quick shots and possessions for the home team.
Ant’treasia Patton capitalized for Overton, scoring seven points in the final three minutes to bring the Lady Bobcats within four points late.
Emmy Allen made a free throw with 48 seconds remaining while Ravenwood steadied on offense for the win.
Senior Lexi McKay had a game-high 14 points while freshman Bailey Swayze added 11.
Avei Logoleo made two 3-pointers and scored 10 points for Overton while Jay Bonds Matoria Patton each added nine points.
Ravenwood’s next set of games is Friday at Cheatham County. Girls tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.