Ravenwood looks to continue to make noise in Region 6-AAA’s boys tournament Tuesday, playing No. 1 seed Hillsboro in the semifinal round at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re excited to move on to Tuesday and hope we can get over the hump and get to a region final,” Raptor coach Patrick Whitlock said following Saturday’s win over Overton. “It’s been three years in a row where we’ve lost in the semifinals. We’re tired of that.”
The No. 3 seed Raptors overtook the Bobcats at the 2:40 mark of the fourth quarter on two Joey Barnes free throws, giving Ravenwood a 51-49 advantage. The points gave Ravenwood their third lead of the game.
Overton came out of the gates hot while Whitlock was unpleased with his squad’s effort on defense.
“Thank God for our offense in the first half,” the coach said. “Giving up 30 points to them was not part of the game plan. We were pretty fortunate.”
Matthew Hailey brought his A-game early for Ravenwood, scoring eight of his 11 points in the opening quarter.
A halftime talk reminding the team of a similar game against Independence earlier in the season awakened the Raptors as they opening the third quarter on a 7-0 run, giving Ravenwood a 33-29 lead.
“We came out in the second half with a little swagger and some confidence,” said Whitlock. “That was a big run for us. That got us back where we needed to be.”
Ravenwood and Hillsboro split their two meetings this season with the Raptors taking a 59-52 decision on their home court Jan. 18 and losing on the road 56-47 Feb. 5.
The winner is guaranteed a spot in the Class AAA sectional round and the Region 6-AAA title game against the winner of Brentwood vs. McGavock.