Battle of the 'Woods II: Ravenwood has nothing to lose
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
The first meeting between the Bruins and Raptors was a physically depleting, bone jarring contest. Tomorrow night’s second meeting of the year is expected to be more of the same. Photo by Becky Williams
Brentwood puts its unblemished district 11-AAA on the line tomorrow in the second round of the Battle of the 'Woods tomorrow night against a Ravenwood team that has nothing to lose.
The Raptors had kept pace with Brentwood after falling to the Bruins three weeks ago 51-42. Since then, both teams have been pointing towards this second match-up as a battle for the regular season district title.
|Officials are urging fans to arrive early for tomorrow night’s Ravenwood at Brentwood match-up. The first contest sent Ravenwood’s larger gym into overflow, prompting a visit from the Brentwood Fire Department. Once the gym at Brentwood is filled, officials plan to use the Campbell Center for overflow, providing a closed circuit TV feed of the game live. Becky Williams
But Independence put a pin in that bubble last Tuesday when the Eagles out hustled, out shot and out played the Raptor starters, tagging Ravenwood with a 67-50 loss that was not as close as the score indicated.
"We had a bad week last week," said Raptor head coach Patrick Whitlock.
"We played really poorly Saturday against Sycamore (a 79-77 loss). We really didn't use the basketball much at practice Monday. I think they got the point."
The Raptors got the point against Centennial Tuesday night, holding the Cougars to 51 points on 20-of-53 shooting from the floor. Matthew Hailey impressed Whitlock with his defense more than his 21 points and guard Nick Gleason extended the Centennial defense, exploiting it for 17 points.
Hailey (16.7 ppg) will be a problem for Brentwood, but Gleason, Chase Hawkins and Nate Fischbach are all capable of scoring big numbers. So is junior Van Jefferson, though he has become more of rebounding and defensive
But Brentwood presents problems defensively. Up front, defending district player of the year Andy Schumpert (15.2 ppg) and Jacob Adcock (10.5 ppg) are capable of matching up well with the Raptor's Hailey and Jefferson.
Grant Teichman (10.5 ppg) has become a very dependable swingman for the Bruins and guards Jalen Lawson, James McPherson and Jack Bautista give King six scoring options.
Whitlock is looking to improve the defense, not just against Brentwood, but heading into the district tournament in two weeks.
"If we are going to make a run down the stretch, we have to improve defensively. It's about us guarding the ball and becoming a better overall
It was a defensive move that made the first game between the cross-town rivals interesting; Ravenwood held a 21-17 lead at the half.
"They had some great strategy, coming out in a 1-3-1 zone," said Brentwood mentor Dennis King. "It hampered our shooting. We probably shot 22% (in the
Does Whitlock have anything up his sleeve for Friday night?
"We're going to go over and play hard and see what happens. They probably will be prepared for the 1-3-1 zone, so we may have to come up with something different.
"I'm not going to tip my hand in the newspaper, that's for sure."
Seating for the event is expected to be at a premium, starting with the girls' contest at 6 p.m. In their first meeting, Ravenwood's 1,800 seat gymnasium was stretched beyond capacity, leading to a visit from the Brentwood Fire Department for an inspection, leading to a restriction on the number of people allowed into the facility.
Brentwood's home court seats a bit less than the Raptors, but Bruin officials have made arrangements to accommodate the expected overflow in the Campbell Center with closed circuit television coverage.
Posted on: 1/30/2014