Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:54 am
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Ravenna continues hot start with win vs. Gibbon

RAVENNA — In the past decade, it's been a string of state tournament success for the Ravenna Bluejays.

But last year Ravenna stayed home, missing the tournament for the first time since 2007. Maybe that empty feeling from last season's subdistrict loss to Southern Valley has this year's group as motivated as ever.

If it is, it's working. If it's some other motivation, well, it's working, too.

Host Ravenna continued to roll in the early portion of the season with a 56-40 victory Thursday against previously unbeaten Gibbon behind a balanced attack that's proving hard to stop.

On Thursday, Ravenna started clicking in the second quarter, using a 19-3 run to seize control of the game. Junior point guard Blake Chramosta, who was playing with three fouls, connected on two 3-pointers in the final minutes before halftime to give the Bluejays a 27-18 lead.

For Gibbon, the game was made much more difficult as star senior Rylee Reinertson — who scored 65 points in the team's first two games — was hobbled with an injury from the team's previous game against Arcadia/Loup City. It was compounded by a hard fall in the third quarter Thursday that sent him to the locker room and forced him to miss much of the second half. Reinertson mustered seven points for the evening on 1-for-6 shooting.

But as Reinertson was hobbled, Ravenna was rolling. Freshman Jake Teichmeier scored 15 points, Chramosta chipped in 14 and 6-foot-3 junior Brady Standage added 13 points from the post.

“Everyone was clicking,” Teichmeier said. “We were hitting on all cylinders. On our team, everyone wants to see everyone else succeed. No one is selfish, everyone is thinking about who I can get open and helping everyone.”

Ravenna coach Paul Beranek credited the team's success with a simple game plan that he said his team executed to a T. The Bluejays forced Gibbon in to 16 turnovers and offensively, kept the ball moving around Gibbon's zone to find open players. Twelve of Ravenna's 23 field goals came off assists.
It's kind of a pick-your-poison against Ravenna.

“You can talk about Jake Teichmeier and the game he played and obviously like a freshman he stands out like a sore thumb,” Beranek said. “He still is a dumb freshman sometimes, but I wouldn't trade the kid for anybody. He's really, really maturing in these last four games that we've played. It's kind of been our staple of being balanced and Brady has just been a force inside, where he's been non-existent until the last two games where he's come through and done a really nice job and it opens it up for the perimeter.”

It's a 4-0 start for the Bluejays, and junior point guard Blake Chramosta said the team is using last season as a springboard for the hot start this year.

“I think the key to it was last year, not making the state tournament for the first time in a long,” Chramosta said. “I know that one kind of hurt us a little bit. All summer, we were working and then we came out and had a great attitude at the beginning of the year and from there on, we've been doing well.”

Meanwhile, Gibbon coach Paul Reinertson said his team didn't respond as well to Reinertson's injury as they needed to.

“We kind of hung our head a little bit that Rylee was hurt and it took a little bit of our energy out,” the elder Reinertson said. “We started playing defense with our hands down at our side. ... We've got to be active and get our hands up and I think we let the injury get us down a little bit and Ravenna is too good a team that if you don't play hard, play at full strength, you're probably going to pay a price.”

Gibbon was led Thursday by Gareth Stroh, who scored 15 points, including eight of the team's 11 points in the third quarter.

It doesn't get easier for the Buffaloes, who get a 4-1 Adams Central team on Saturday.

“I hope we use the loss here to maybe get us refocused so to speak, and I think we'll come back from this,” Paul Reinertson said.

Ravenna (4-0) .............. 13 14 18 11 — 56
Gibbon (2-1)................. 11 7 11 11 — 40
R: Jake Teichmeier 6-13 2-4 15, Brady Standage 7-10 0-0 14, Blake Chramosta 4-9 2-2 13, Tom Sieczkowski 4-6 0-0 9, Dillan Hough 1-2 0-0 3, Cody Escritt 1-1 0-0 2, Kobe Schirmer 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-42 4-6.
G: Gareth Stroh 6-11 2-3 15, Ryan Milks 3-6 0-0 9, Rylee Reinertson 1-6 5-8 7, Dakota Kenton 2-3 1-1 5, Jared Dorszynski 2-5 0-2 4, Bradyn Snell 0-2 0-0 0, TOTALS 14-33, 8-14.
3-point goals — Ravenna 6-15 (Chramosta 3-5, Hough 1-1, Sieczkowski 1-3, Teichmeier 1-6, Schirmer 0-1), Gibbon 4-10 (Milks 3-5, Stroh 1-2, Snell 0-1, Reinertson 0-2). Rebounds — Ravenna 25 (Standage 7), Gibbon 18 (Dorszynski 6). Assists — Ravenna 12 (Teichmeier 6), Gibbon 7 (Milks 2, Reinertson 2, Stroh 2). Turnovers — Ravenna 15, Gibbon 16. Steals — Ravenna 10 (four with 2), Gibbon 9 (Reinertson 4). Fouls — Ravenna 16, Gibbon 6. Fouled out — Ravenna (none), Gibbon (none).

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