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Raptors defeat Bruins again, reach district finals


Photos by PEG FREDI for BHP

Ravenwood takes upper hand in series with games decided by total of 5 points

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Ravenwood's boys basketball team knocked off top-seeded Brentwood for the second time in eight days, and just like in their regular-season meetings the district semifinal between the crosstown rivals went to the wire.

Junior center Joey Barnes gave the Raptors their final lead on two free throws with 15.5 seconds to go, and Andy Moore sank two more foul shots with 7.3 seconds left for a 48-45 advantage. Brentwood's Asa Duvall pulled the Bruins within 48-46 on a free throw at 2.7 seconds, then intentionally missed the final free throw and BHS even got off two shots but time ran out.

The Raptors celebrate their second win over BHS in eight days. 

The victory sends fourth-seeded Ravenwood into Tuesday night's 7:30 p.m. District 11-AAA championship game against Hillsboro at Franklin High School. The Bruins fall into Monday's 7:30 p.m. consolation game with Independence, right after the Lady Bruins also play for third place against IHS at 6 p.m.

"When I stepped to the line, I just zoned everything out and knocked down that first one," said Barnes, who had been held to two field goals. "And they called a time-out trying to make me think about it.

"I just went over to the bench, and it was a calm environment. Coach was just talking about when I hit this free throw, we're going to come down in this defense. I just knocked it down."

Brentwood point guard Jack Montague, who scored 20 points, had given BHS a 43-41 lead with 1:47 to play.

Moore missed a 3, but RHS point guard Devin Robinson made a steal. Moore then missed a one-and-one with 57 seconds left, but J.P. Leiderbach got the rebound and Moore sank a 3-pointer to put Ravenwood back up 44-43.

"That was huge. We came down and we were behind, and I was thinking in my mind I wanted to free Andy up for a 3," Ravenwood Coach Patrick Whitlock said. "And he got the ball at the top of the key and let it fly, and we took another lead against them under a minute to go.

"I did not want that game to go into overtime. I wanted to go for the win. And if we hadn't run another play or got the ball to Andy, we would have probably called time-out and run a set play."

Andy Moore free throws for 48-45 advantage 
 Asa Duvall intentionally missed free throw at end of game

Montague, who scored the winning basket at the end of the season's first BHS-RHS game, quickly scored on a jumper to put the Bruins back on top 45-44 with just 28 seconds remaining. Barnes hit his two free throws, though, and Montague missed a runner before Moore was fouled.

"They kind of boxed-and-oned me. They kind of caught us off guard a little bit," Montague said. "We were down the whole game and brought it back in, and at the end of the game we were just trying some cute stuff.

"The shots were there, we just missed. We didn't get the calls that we wanted, and it just didn't go our way today."

Ravenwood had lost seven of its previous nine before shocking regular-season district champion Brentwood by a point on Friday, Feb. 10. The Raptors, who lost the first meeting with BHS by two points, then beat Franklin in the first-round game while the Bruins had a bye to the semifinals.

There were 14 lead changes, one tie at 41-41, and neither team led by more than four points.

Robinson scored 14 first-half points on the way to a 23-19 Raptors' halftime lead, but he was bottled up in the second half by a 1-3-chaser defense. Andy Schumpert and Gates Gustafson took turns guarding him.

Robinson also hurt his ankle with 1:12 to go in the third quarter when he fell down on a break-away with Montague guarding him. The Ravenwood playmaker was called for traveling, and briefly left the game before re-entering -- but finished with only one free throw in the fourth quarter for 15 points.

"He was real resilient," Whitlock said. "He did not want to come out."

Montague, meanwhile, scored 14 second-half points including 10 in a row for Brentwood in the third-quarter to take a 39-38 lead. Montague and Cody Shelton (13 points) each had a trio of 3-pointers for the Bruins.

"He's a great player," Barnes said of Montague. "We knew he was going to have the ball a lot this game. We tried our best, tried different things on him."

 Video interview of Raptors Coach Patrick Whitlock

Moore also picked up the slack for Ravenwood, scoring 15 of his team-high 17 points in the second half including two 3s. His first trey pushed the Raptors' lead to 28-24 in the third quarter, but the next one was bigger for the go-ahead 44-43.

"I missed a bunch at the beginning," Moore said. "Once you miss a few ,you've got to just keep shooting. I haven't hit a 3 in two games. You never know what's going to happen.

"Once I let it go, I knew it was going in."

 Barnes, who sank two free throws to beat Blackman earlier in the season, didn't get to shoot his free throws in the third quarter when his nose started bleeding.  Matthew Hailey came in to hit one-of-two for a 31-29 lead.

"On the previous play I got hit in the nose and I could feel it was about to start bleeding, so I was trying to duck my head so they wouldn't see it," Barnes said. "... I wanted to shoot my free throws. But once I leaned down, it started dripping."

But Barnes got another chance to step to the line at the end.

Ravenwood kept Montague and his teammates from taking a 3 at the end to tie it, fouling Duvall for the final drama over the missed free throw.

"We ran the play well. We had a perfect shot, perfect bounce," Shelton said. "I got the ball, and as I went up, we didn't get a call that we needed. ... But we shouldn't have got ourselves in that situation."

In addition to the remaining district games, both teams also have advanced into the regionals starting next week at Hillwood.

"I felt like we left it on the floor," Montague said. "They wanted to win more than we did."

The gym was packed as both teams' fans traveled to Franklin to watch the two neighbors go at it again. The PA announcer reminded the crowd several times during the fourth quarter as the game was still undecided that both schools' principals and the sheriff's office didn't want fans to rush the floor over player safety concerns -- and the fans stayed in check.

But even as RHS fans and players were celebrating, Moore said he needed to choose his words carefully: "We know we might see them again."

RAVENWOOD    10   13   15   10   --    48
BRENTWOOD     12     7   20     7    --    46

Ravenwood (48) -- Ryan Nelson 2, Devin Robinson 15, Matthew Hailey 3, Andy Moore 17, Mike McAllister 3, Joey Barnes 6, J.P. Liederbach 2.
Brentwood (46) -- Jack Montague 20, Will Jones 4, Asa Duvall 6, Cody Shelton 13, Schumpert 2, Harrison 1.
3-pointers: Brentwood 7 (Montague 3, Shelton 3, Duvall); Ravenwood 4 (Moore 2, Robinson 2)

 Video interview of Andy Moore, RHS  Video interview of Cody Shelton, BHS


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