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Third time's a charm for Ravenwood in Battle of the Woods

The third time was a charm for Ravenwood’s boys basketball team in the Battle of the Woods, defeating Brentwood 62-46 Saturday night in District 11-AAA’s consolation game.

Suffering losses of 59-36 and 66-54 in the regular season to the Bruins, Ravenwood coach Patrick Whitlock was thrilled with the victory.

“Brentwood is a rival and you don’t want to lose to them anytime – especially when you’ve been beat twice,” the coach said.

The Raptors led for the majority of the contest, taking an 8-7 advantage on a Branndon Jones basket with 3:05 remaining in the opening quarter and not relinquishing the lead.

Whitlock called the Bruins as a difficult team to play from behind and credits getting an early advantage as key to the win.

“We got the lead and we were able to continue to get stops and stretch the lead,” he said. “If you can avoid them getting too big of a lead, then you have a chance.”

Jones led Ravenwood with 14 points while Joey Barnes added 13 from his post position.

Brentwood, who went through the regular season undefeated in district play, was led by Asa Duvall’s 18 points.

The Bruins’ 17-game win streak ended one night prior, falling to Hillsboro 44-40 in overtime on Friday.

“I think they were extremely disappointed they got beat (Friday) night and probably had a little bit of a hangover today,” Whitlock said. “We had a tight game too, but it’s important anytime you play Brentwood. We’re obviously glad we won.”

The win gives Ravenwood a No. 3 seed in the Region 6-AAA tournament and an opening-round game against District 12-AAA’s No. 2 team. Brentwood drops to No. 4 and will play 12-AAA’s tournament champion.

Posted on: 2/18/2013


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