"I've been saying the same thing every game, but this is a fun team to watch because they do such a good job of distributing the basketball and it's a balanced team," said Southeast coach Bob Dunn. "Nobody right now is a superstar. We have seven, eight guys doing a nice job of getting involved, playing their role. It sounds like a broken record, but that is one of the reasons why we are being successful."
The Pirates did nothing to tarnish their style Tuesday as Southeast remained perfect on the year with a 62-47 non-league road win at Ravenna.
Senior Jimmy Seaman tallied 16 points while Dan Pringle (15 points) and Aaron Pettigrew (10 points) each hit double digits and the Pirates continued their strong effort on the boards to raise their overall mark to 6-0. Ravenna slipped to 1-4.
"That's the sixth straight game that we've outrebounded an opponent," said Dunn, after his squad edged the Ravens 43-41 on the glass. "We've stressed that a lot and it is certainly important."
Southeast spotted Ravenna a pair of James O'Neal layups to start the contest, before rattling off the next nine points to take a 9-4 lead. It was pretty even the remainder of the stanza with the Pirates owning a 14-11 edge after one period.
Five straight points from Seaman in the early going of quarter No. 2 gave the Pirates their first 10-point cushion of the night at 23-13 with 5:48 remaining. The margin swayed between five and 10 points from that point on until Southeast went to the half ahead 34-25.
The third quarter followed the same pattern as the second until a Matt Hricko 3-pointer and a Pettigrew basket just before the end of the stanza extended the margin to 48-33 heading to the final quarter.
Two areas that plagued the Ravens throughout the game were second-chance misses near the basket and an 8-of-18 effort from the foul line.
"We missed a lot of free throws and it seemed like a lot of front ends of one-and-ones. That really hurt us," said Ravenna coach Robert Rhodes.
"It seemed like we went through spurts where we couldn't get an offensive rebound and then when we did, and put it back up, it wouldn't go in. You're just not going to win many games if you don't capitalize on those opportunities."
Marlon Jones paced the Ravens with 13 points. Brian Gaski and O'Neal each finished with 10. Eight of O'Neal's points came in the opening quarter.
"I really think (Rhodes) is doing a heckuva job. He really has those kids playing hard and playing better than I'm sure a lot of people thought they could play," praised Dunn. "It' s a credit to him. They played harder than any team we've played in the last five years."
Southeast 62, Ravenna 47
SOUTHEAST (62) _ Chris Pratt 3 0-0 8; Joe Divoky 3 0-0 6; Jimmy Seaman 6 2-2 16, Dan Pringle 6 3-4 15; Jermaine Davis 0 2-2 2; Aaron Pettigrew 4 2-2 10; Ryan Levels 1 0-0 2; Matt Hricko 1 0-0 3; Mat Hartung 0 0-0 0; Josh Herndon 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-10 62.
RAVENNA (47) _ Damien Fortson 2 2-4 6; Marlon Jones 6 0-0 13; Chris Rhodes 0 1-4 1; Brian Gaski 4 0-1 10; Andrew Dukes 1 1-2 3; James O'Neal 5 0-0 10; Tracy Condos 0 4-7 4; Dustin Bennington 0 0-0 0; Joe Salem 0 0-0 0; Kris Yost 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-18 47.
Three-Point Goals _ Southeast (5): Pratt 2, Seaman 2, Hricko 1. Ravenna (3): Gaski 2, Jones 1.
Total Rebounds _ Southeast, 43-41
Total Fouls _Southeast, 21-15
JV Score _ Ravenna, 50-37. Leading Scorers: (R) Matt Hogan, 13 points; (SE) Aaron Hall, 11 points.