Ravenna Ravens shock Magics

By Chuck Condley Record-Courier staff writer Published:

What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time, the Ravenna boys basketball team was just trying a win a ballgame. The thought of beating a team with a winning tradition like Barberton was pretty much out of the realm of possibility. But that was then, and this is now. Tuesday night, the Ravens showed they can no longer be taken lightly by the rest of the Western Reserve Conference, as they shocked the Magics 85-78 to capture the biggest win for the Ravenna program in several years. The victory lifted the Ravens to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the WRC South, while the Magics fell to 3-5, 2-3. "I'm very proud of the kids. They really stepped up," said Ravenna coach Mark Kinsley. "This was a monumental win for our program. Our kids really believed that they could beat Barberton. They really, truly believed that, and they went out and played like it." The Ravens were not at all intimidated by the Magics. Ravenna hung tough in the early going, trailing just 18-15 after one quarter and 35-33 at halftime. However, in the third quarter the Ravens went on a 12-0 scoring run, sparked by 3-pointers by Brandon McIntyre and Eric Stefansic, to grab a 52-43 lead. Ravenna led 55-50 at the third break. The Ravens hit 11-of-17 field-goal attempts in the final quarter and built a 64-56 lead with 5:12 left in the game. Barberton star Sean Kadilak rallied the Magics with 15 points in the fourth quarter, as the Magics cut the Ravenna lead to 74-72 with 1:35 to go. However, a bucket by Greg Gaski and a pair of free throws by Marcus Sanders pushed the gap to 78-72. Bryan Suboticki's baseline layup brought the Magics to within 78-74, but Ravenna's Chuck Proctor scored inside and Gaski stole an inbound pass and laid it in to stretch the Ravenna lead to 82-74. Barberton got no closer than six points the rest of the way. The Ravens finished the contest hitting 34-of-67 field-goal attempts for an impressive 51 percent. "Offensively, this is by far our best effort," said Kinsley. "(Barberton) played a number of defenses against us. The kids did a great job of finding the open man." Marcus Sanders, a sophomore guard, was a key part of the Ravens' win, outshining Kadilak. Marcus Sanders tossed in a game-high 31 points and also led Ravenna with 10 rebounds. Kadilak finished his night's work with 29 points. "I thought we did a good job defensively too," said the Ravenna coach. "Kadilak is the best player in our conference. He had some big numbers tonight, but he had to work for those. That was our plan going in. (Kadilak) was going to get his points, but we wanted to make him work hard and wear him down. "(Kadilak) got into some foul trouble and couldn't be as aggressive on defense, and that allowed us to get to the basket." The Ravens had all five starters in double digits. Joining Sanders were McIntyre with 17 points, including five 3-pointers; Gaski with 13 tallies; and Stefansic and Proctor with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Joining Kadilak in double digits for the Magics were Suboticki and Ryan Cline with 16 points each. Barberton coach Ken Rector was unavailable for comment following the contest. _____ Ravenna 85, Barberton 78 (at Ravenna) BARBERTON (78) _ Sean Kadilak 10 9-9 29; Russ Humphrey 1 0-0 2; Bryan Suboticki 4 7-8 16; Filip Ristovski 1 0-0 2; Joe Penko 2 0-0 6; Chad Hazard 1 2-2 4; Ryan Cline 5 2-2 16; Tom Gainer 0 1-2 1; Jamar Keys 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 21-23 78. RAVENNA (85) _ Marcus Sanders 12 7-11 31; Greg Gaski 5 1-2 13; Eric Stefansic 5 1-2 12; Brandon McIntyre 6 0-1 17; Chuck Proctor 5 0-0 10; Matt Samaco 0 0-0 0; Antonio Liddell 1 0-0 2; Roy McCullough 0 0-0 0; Luke Summers 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 9-16 85. BARBERTON 18 17 15 28 _ 78 RAVENNA 15 18 22 30 _ 85 Three-point goals _ Barberton (7-18): Humphrey 0-1; Suboticki 1-2; Penko 2-5; Hazard 0-3; Cline 4-6; Keys 0-1. Ravenna (8-21): Sanders 0-1; Gaski 2-6; Stefansic 1-4; McIntyre 5-10. Total Rebounds _ Barberton, 37-28. Total Fouls _ Ravenna, 22-17. Total Turnovers _Barberton, 25-11. JV score _ Barberton, 63-47. Leading scorers: (B) Bobby Troyer, 12 points; (R) Lee Daniels, 20 points.

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