Ravens pull away from Broughton for Holiday Invitational win

— Despite nine lead changes, the Ravenscroft Ravens were able to outlast the Broughton Capitals 64-55 on Saturday in the David West Bracket of the HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational.

After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Ravens were able to break out in the second, creating an 11-point lead.

The Caps scored just 12 points in the second quarter and ended the first half down 34-26. Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said that his team is “still trying to figure out how to play tough for four quarters,” also mentioning that they “aren’t the team that can take plays off.”

Broughton had nine turnovers in a mistake-riddled the first half, something coach Ferrell alluded to after the game.

Ravenscroft was outscored by Broughton in the third quarter, but maintained a 4-point lead going into the fourth. Michael Okaura of Ravenscroft had 9 points and an assist in the second half for a total of 19 points and 4 assists on the game.

Early in the fourth, the Ravens finally took control, playing strong defense and allowing just 11 points. Coach Kevin Billerman spoke about the team’s difficult early season schedule saying, “It’s gotten us prepared, toughness-wise, to play good teams.”

Billerman was happy with his team’s effort, saying that even though the team is lacking in size, they have “a number of skilled players who can handle the ball, pass the ball, shoot the ball.”

The Caps’ leading scorer, Tharon Suggs, had 21 points and 3 rebounds. Douglas Elks also had 15 points for Broughton.

Ravenscroft will play on Monday at 1:50 p.m. against Voyager Academy.

Broughton will take on rival Apex at 9:00 a.m., also on Monday.

,Despite nine lead changes, the Ravenscroft Ravens were able to outlast the Broughton Capitals 64-55 on Saturday in the David West Bracket of the HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational.

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