The Rocky River boys basketball team has opened the season against some tough competition, but they have come out of it well with a 2-1 mark.
They played at Harding on Dec. 3 after Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly’s press deadline, but won’t take the court again until Dec. 10 when they open conference play at Butler.
While there hasn’t been that much of a serving size, there has been some things to like with this season’s Ravens.
In their 54-45 win over Mallard Creek on Nov. 26, they pulled away in the fourth quarter turning a two-point lead into a nine point cushion with a decisive 14-7 spurt.
Christian Rudisill led the Ravens with 16 points while Stephon Richards added 12 and eight rebounds.
Rocky River shot just 1-of-12 from 3-point range, and went 19-of-25 from the free throw line, but got the win with the help of Aaron Hall (11 rebounds), Nick Burns (seven rebounds, five assists and two steals) and TJ McNair (four points and six rebounds).
The win got the Ravens back on track after they dropped their first game of the season to Olympic, 57-51.
Burns scored 14 points and Hall added 10 boards in the loss.
The Ravens (2-1) have had success despite some early season trends including poor shooting with Rocky River shooting just 40 percent from the field, 27 percent from 3 and 64 percent from the line.
On the positive, the Ravens are an athletic team that rebounds the ball well, especially from the guard spot with 6-foot-2 Richards averaging 8.0 rebounds while Hall grabs a team-high 9.0 per game.
At any rate, the Ravens have a few unknowns, but lots of talent as they set to clash with Butler.