By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Jermaine Justice was unstoppable Tuesday night against Waterloo, leading visiting Ravenna to an 88-68 win in a PTC cross-division matchup.
Justice cleared a double-double with 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals.
"Jermaine played an excellent game. He really contributed on both ends of the floor. We look for him, and when he flashes and gets in the right spots he makes it easier for the other guys around him to get open shots," Ravenna head coach Phil Starks said.
While the Vikings focused most of their defensive effort on containing the 6-foot-6 senior, they gave up outside shots to Tate Bennett and Tyler Bayless. Bennett finished with 17 points and six steals. Bayless totaled nine points.
Ravenna's ability to move the ball and maintain a fast-paced tempo seemed to give the Ravens (8-5 overall) the edge in the second half of the game after finishing the first half only one point ahead of Waterloo.
"It was just about buying into the team concept, sharing the ball and trusting your teammates," Starks said. "Tate Bennett shot the ball really well tonight and Tyler Bayless is the main one that really gets everyone going. He's one of those kids who is looking to get his teammates involved first and it's nice to have someone on the floor like that."
"He does a great job of instructing everyone where they need to be, getting us set up in our offensive sets and defensive sets. The team listens to him," Starks said.
The Ravens outscored the Vikings 31-15 in the third quarter, going into the final quarter with a comfortable 17-point lead. Additionally, their increased defensive pressure yielded 22 steals by the end of the game.
"They played hard," Starks said of the Vikings, who dropped to 1-11 on the season. "They have a lot of young guys and one senior. They don't have a lot of natural athleticism so they make up for it with their hard work.
"I think our guys just thought they were going to lay down and they didn't. Hats off to what (Waterloo coach) Jason Wise is doing with them. I would say in two years they're going to be a team to be reckoned with because he's got a lot of young kids he's playing."
Tom Saviers, the Vikings' lone senior, finished as the high scorer for his team and cleared a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Collin Michalec had 19 points.