DONIPHAN — Ravenna coach Paul Beranek was about ready to head home early during Thursday’s game at Doniphan-Trumbull.
Doniphan-Trumbull came out hot and was up 14-2 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first quarter. Beranek had driven a school van up because he hadn’t felt good during the day.
“I was ready to hop in the school van and let them finish it out,” he said.
Beranek has to be happy he stayed after watching the Bluejays twice erase double-digit deficits and go on to take a 48-40 victory over the Cardinals.
Ravenna (6-3) got the win by staying patient in the fourth quarter. Beranek’s teams haven’t been known for patience in the past, but he said that’s what this team had to do against Doniphan-Trumbull (5-3).
“We want to get going and press, but Doniphan-Trumbull is a different animal,” Beranek said. “We can’t give them easy baskets. So it was our contention to press them in spots, get them turned in the full court with some ball pressure and burn a little time.”
That patience paid off for the Bluejays. Sophomore Brady Standage got loose twice for baskets underneath, one off a nice assist from fellow sophomore Blake Chramosta.
Chramosta also found Tyler Douglas alone underneath with 1:40 left in the fourth for a 41-38 Ravenna lead. Chramosta added two baskets of his own in the final quarter.
“They hit some big shots down the stretch,” Doniphan-Trumbull coach Steve Hartman said. “(Standage) hit a tough shot late and (Chramosta) hit a tough shot late. That’s two sophomores making tough shots down the stretch. You have to give them credit. They did a nice job keeping the game at their tempo and keeping their composure.”
Doniphan-Trumbull was within 41-40 after a basket by Ian Askey with 56 seconds left, but a Standage bucket, two free throws by Sid Teichmeier and two more by Chramosta sealed the game.
Standage and Teichmeier led Ravenna with 11 points each. Beranek said he was particularly happy to see Standage play well.
“I”m really happy for Brady Standage because he’s kind of been in a funk for three days,” Beranek said. “I’ve been kind of hard on him. We kind of made a little deal where (assistant coaches) Tony Schirmer and Randy Basnett are just going to kind of take care of him and have the wrath of Beranek not get down on him so much.
“He really stepped up tonight.”
Creighton Buhr led Doniphan-Trumbull with 14 points and Askey added 13. Hartman said the Cardinals might have lost the game early.
“We lost the game maybe in the first quarter when we had a (14-2) lead and turned it over five times in a row,” Hartman said. “Then the game got slowed to their pace and they kept it there. Then I thought we got some tempo back, but we just didn’t finish plays.”
Doniphan-Trumbull came out hot in the second half as well. The Cardinals went on a 12-3 run in the first 3:30 of the third quarter to take a 29-19 lead.
“I thought we were really in trouble again,” Beranek said. “They’re just so athletic. There was Thomas Sieczkowski going in for a break-away layup and Buhr comes out of nowhere and just swats it clean as can be. We’re not the most gifted of athletes, but the kids’ confidence is growing.”
But Ravenna got the pace back to where it wanted and pulled back to within 34-31 going into the fourth quarter.
Ravenna 48, Doniphan-Trumbull 40
B. Chramosta 3-5 2-2 8, Sieczkowski 3-5 2-4 9, Teichmeier 3-12 2-2 11, Douglas 2-3 0-0 4, Bauer 2-6 1-3 5, A. Chramosta 0-1 0-0 0, Schirmer 0-1 0-0 0, Standage 5-5 1-2 11. Totals 18-38 8-13 48.
Askey 4-12 2-2 13, Buhr 5-0 3-3 14, Williams 0-5 0-0 0, Slough 0-5 4-6 4, Koch 3-5 3-4 9, Armon 0-3 0-0 0, Wiltfong 0-1 0-0 0, Treat 0-1 0-0 0, Keller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 12-42 12-17 40.
Ravenna .........................4 12 15 17—48
Doniphan-Trumbull ...........................14 3 17 6—40
3-point goals—Ravenna 4-17 (Teichmeier 3-12, Sieczkowski 1-1, A. Chramosta 0-1, Schirmer 0-1, B. Chramosta 0-1). Doniphan-Trumbull 4-24 (Askey 3-9, Buhr 1-3, Keller 0-1, Wiltfong 0-1, Treat 0-1, Armon 0-2, Slough 0-3, Williams 0-4). Fouled out—None. Rebounds—Ravenna 28 (Teichmeier 9). Doniphan-Trumbull 26 (Buhr 7). Turnovers—Ravenna 17, Doniphan-Trumbull 15. Total fouls—Ravenna 15, Doniphan-Trumbull 16. Technicals—None.