Published Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm / Updated at 10:58 pm
BASKETBALL
Ravenna runs past Stars

KEARNEY — Five minutes into the Ravenna-Kearney Catholic game, the Bluejays had six points on the board.

In the next 11 minutes of play, Ravenna scored 39 points and went on to a 74-66 victory over the Stars Tuesday at Kearney Catholic High School.

"We were moving the ball," Ravenna’s Brady Standage said. "We were really clicking in that first half. We kind of settled down a little the second half, but we got back into the groove the fourth quarter. It was just a good team win overall."

It was a good game for Standage as well. The junior poured in a game-high 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field.

Ravenna coach Paul Beranek said assistant coach Wayne Bock has been working with Standage on his inside moves and finishing around the hoop.

"My goodness. That’s the best game he’s played ever," Beranek said. "Little Pee-Wee basketball, junior high, whatever. I’m really proud of him because we’ve been kind of on his butt, kind of riding him and making him tougher."

Kearney Catholic (3-2) jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the first five minutes by hitting three 3-pointers in the early going, but that’s when the Ravenna offense got going.

A 3-point play by Standage ignited the Bluejays (3-0) as they outscored the Stars 18-7 in the final three minutes of the first quarter.

The onslaught continued in the second quarter with a 15-3 Ravenna run to up the lead to 39-25 on a 3-pointer by freshman Jake Teichmeier with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left in the first half.

"Part of it was poor defense," Kearney Catholic coach Scott Carlin said. "And they back-door cut us. One thing I told the guys is Ravenna has been known for since Coach Beranek got there is they will back door you to death."

Ravenna held a 45-30 lead at the half, but Kearney Catholic went to a zone in the second half in an effort to slow down the Bluejay offense. It worked to some extent as Ravenna was limited to just nine points in the third quarter, but the Bluejays still led 54-44 going into the final eight minutes.

"They hadn’t seen us running a lot of zone," Carlin said. "They missed some shots because we closed out a little better."

The Bluejays went back to Standage inside and he responded with 11 fourth-quarter points to help hold of the Stars.

"My teammates help me out a bunch," Standage said. "I couldn’t do it without them. They give me all those assists. I just put it in for two."

Teichmeier was also in double figures for the Bluejays with 12 points while Tom Sieczkowski had 10. Blake Chramosta and Dillan Hough added nine each.

Kearney Catholic senior Blake Holtmeier helped keep the Stars in the game with 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

"Blake is a heck of a player," Carlin said. "He’s a tough match up. I don’t know if there are too many people in our area that can match up with him. That’s probably a bad job by me of not getting him touches earlier. I have to do a better job."

The Bluejays face another challenge with a home game against Gibbon on Thursday. The Buffaloes are led by senior All-State player Rylee Reinertson.

Beranek said he told his players that the gym will be full Thursday night, and nobody will be there to watch them play. They’ll be there to see Reinertson.

"He’s by far the best player in the conference," Beranek said. "They’re by far the best team in the conference, and also the nice thing about Rylee Reinertson is he knows how to not only score, but when he garners attention he’s a great passer and gets his guys easy points."


Ravenna 74, Kearney Catholic 66

RAVENNA (3-0)

Chramosta 2-9 4-5 9, Sieczkowski 4-5 2-6 10, Schirmer 3-6 2-2 8, J. Teichmeier 4-10 2-4 12, Standage 11-15 4-5 26, Hough 4-5 0-0 9, Escritt 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-51 14-22 74

KEARNEY CATHOLIC (3-2)

Moore 1-4 0-0 3, Howe 0-4 1-1 1, Bl, Holtmeier 9-11 6-11 24, D. Jackson 2-7 1-2 5, Z. Jackson 6-10 0-0 14, James 1-2 0-0 2, Mestl 0-0 0-2 0, Br. Holtmeier 1-3 0-0 2, Masker 0-0 0-0 0, Pearse 4-4 0-0 11, Bellamy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-47 8-17 66.

Ravenna ................. 24 21 9 20—74
Kearney Catholic .... 22 8 14 22—66

3-point goals — Ravenna 4-11 (J. Teichmeier 2-3, Hough 1-2, Chramosta 1-4, Sieczkowski 0-1, Schirmer 0-1). Kearney Catholic 6-11 (Pearse 3-3, Z. Jackson 2-4, Moore 1-1, Mestl -0-1, Bl. Holtmeier 0-1, Br. Holtmeier 0-1). Fouled out — Escritt. Rebounds — Ravenna 23 (Standage 7). Kearney Catholic 29 (Bl. Holtmeier 8). Turnovers — Ravenna 17, Kearney Catholic 23. Total fouls — Ravenna 20, Kearney Catholic 22.

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