Ravenna unites to knock off G-Men

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By Sara Welch | Correspondent

Ravenna captured a 79-47 win on its home court against Garfield as a result of a total team effort Tuesday night in a PTC cross-division matchup.

"It was a great team win tonight. There were quite a few guys who did a lot of good things and that list goes on and on," said Ravenna head coach Phil Starks, whose team improved to 3-3 overall. "It's nice that you can't pin-point one person. That's what we've been preaching all season. We need to play team ball, we need to share the ball and that's how we're going to win a lot of games."

The Ravens started the game with an unmatched intensity and the ability to score at will in the first half of the game. They outscored the G-Men (2-4) by 11 and 15 points in the first and second quarters, respectively, building an impenetrable lead for themselves.

While the starters contributed their fair share of points, Ravenna's bench contributed 14 points in the first half and 20 points in the second half, with a total of 12 Ravens responsible for scoring.

"The bench did do well tonight," Starks said. "They were a huge asset to the outcome of the game. There was no dropoff when we subbed, which was nice. One of our biggest things is that we share the ball really well and get everyone involved."

Off the bench, Warren Bradley managed to score 12 points and led Ravenna in rebounding, pulling down eight boards. Of the eight rebounds he grabbed, seven were on the offensive end of the hardwood.

"That kid (Bradley) seems to surprise us every time we put him in," Starks said. "He plays above the rim. You wouldn't think with his size (5-foot-9) he'd be able to get up and grab rebounds, but he made a difference coming off the bench tonight."

As a team, the Ravens outrebounded the G-Men 43-29, only giving up 11 rebounds in the second half.

Ravenna's Jermaine Justice walked off the court as the high scorer with 16 points and seven rebounds.

"Jermaine had a good game," Starks said. "I think he showed tonight he doesn't always have to be the one scoring for us to win. We've got a mixture of guards and big men that all play a role. It's nice. These guys are starting to learn their roles and play together."

Defensively, Ravenna was fueled by Tyler Bayless and Josiah Coman. Their ability to apply pressure and force turnovers quickened the pace of the game. Bayless and Coman led the Ravens in steals, each collecting four. Bradley also added three to the team total of 16.

"Tyler Bayless does a great job," Starks said. "His and Josiah's pressure on defense helped us a lot. The team feeds off of him (Bayless) and he does a great job of building intensity. He's very knowledgeable of the game. He's a great listener, and when I tell him something he can relay it out on the court.

"He's come a long way. I'm impressed with his play. When we need a floor general out there, he steps up to get guys in their spots and get guys involved," Starks said.

Bayless finished the game with six points, while Coman had 12 points.

"I really can't pick a person that stood out, which is good," Starks said. "It's a good problem to have when one person doesn't really stand out. I think as a team everyone contributed tonight."

Fred Maxey led Garfield with 14 points, while Steven Lambert added 10.

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