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Hoops: Page boys ignite in 2nd overtime to tip Ravenwood

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Hoops – Ravenwood at Page

Blanne Burrow 

Thomas Seaman’s night went from solid to super to sublime — all in the span of four minutes.

Seaman, the versatile junior playmaker for the Page boys, broke loose for 12 points in the second overtime on Tuesday night to help the Patriots post a 74-62 home victory over Ravenwood in District 11-AAA action.

Seaman finished with a game-high 28 points. He scored 10 points during regulation, added six more in the first OT and then went crazy in the final four minutes while scoring all but four of Page’s 16 points in the second extra session.

Blanne Burrow finished with 13 points for the Patriots (14-9, 5-9), who snapped a three-game losing streak that included a heartbreaking loss to Independence on Tuesday night. Gunner Gist added nine points on three 3s, and Mason Allen had eight points.

Rex Gainer scored 21 for Ravenwood (9-15, 6-9). Jake Mulder and Nick Dang added 12 each for the Raptors.

Seaman, a junior, said he was determined to send his senior classmates out on a high note in their final home game.

“I told them there was no way we were losing on Senior Night,” Seaman said. “Coming off the Indy game (on Friday night), where we lost a game that we probably should have won, I told my teammates, I am not letting you down again.”

Page’s path to the victory was a winding journey. It included a clutch shot at the end of regulation — Jaime Hernandez’s buzzer-beating putback that tied the game at 50-50 — and a stunning comeback in the first overtime, when the Pats erased a six-point deficit in the final 90 seconds to tie the game at 58-58.

From there, Page then took control for good, as Seaman helped the Patriots outscore Ravenwood 16-4 in the final four-minute session.

“I always say there is one ‘over-the-hump’ game during the course of the season, and I am hoping that tonight was that game for us,” said Page coach Larry Noe. “When we were down by six (in the second OT), we took a timeout and I told the guys — you’ve got to believe you can win. Because I believe you can.”

Seaman is a do-everything player for the Patriots, and he did indeed do a little bit of everything during the second overtime. He opened the frame with back-to-back 3-pointers (one from each corner) to help Page build a quick six-point lead. Seaman then got open for a pair of layups, and he ultimately capped his night with a pair of free throws just for good measure.

“After the game against Indy, I told Thomas, we’ve got to have somebody that is going to step up and take a game over,” said Noe. “I told him, I expect you to be that guy. And tonight, wow, you couldn’t ask for any better than that.”

Ravenwood came into the game riding a wave of momentum. The Raptors had won four of their previous five games, including an impressive victory over district-leading Brentwood in the “Battle of the Woods” on Friday night.

Ravenwood appeared to be on the verge of extending that hot streak against Page, but the Raptors came up empty on several important possessions near the end of regulation and in overtime, which allowed Page to stage the comeback.

“We feel like we kind of let one slip through our fingers tonight with maybe a poor decision here or a poor decision there,” said Ravenwood head coach Patrick Whitlock. “But I am proud of my kids. They fought hard. A lot of people will say that this was a letdown game (after the win over Brentwood), but I felt like we came out tonight and fought tooth and nail — and we had every opportunity to win the game.”

Ravenwood trailed 48-42 with 2:55 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors put together an 8-0 spurt, which included a layup by Atif Williams and a 3-pointer from Gainer, to take a 50-48 lead after a free throw by Williams.

But with five seconds remaining, Page went the length of the floor and tied the game when Hernandez collected an offensive rebound and scored on the putback just as the horn sounded.

In the first overtime, Ravenwood reeled off eight straight points to build a 58-52 lead with 1:36 to play. But Page scored the final six points of the frame — with Seaman scoring all six — to extend the game again. Seaman then opened the second OT with his back-to-back 3s, and the Patriots stayed in front from there.

“We’ve been telling our guys all year long, we’ve got a good team,” said Noe, “but we’ve just got to believe in ourselves in order to get to where we want to be.”

Page boys 74, Ravenwood 62, 2OT

RHS – 12 9 12 17 8 4 — 62

PHS – 10 15 12 13 8 16— 74

RHS (62) – Trevor Andrews 4, Rex Gainer 21, Atif Williams 5, Nick Dang 12, Connor English 8, Jake Mulder 12.

PHS (74) – Andres Casella 3, Gunner Gist 9, Mason Allen 8, Thomas Seaman 28, Cason Walker 4, Blane Burrow 13, Jaime Hernandez 8.

3-pointers — Ravenwood 5 (Gainer 4, English), Page 9 (Gist 3, Seaman 3, Allen 2, Casella).

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