Ripley Ravens find themselves in a strong position after only losing one game in the New Year to a team one division above.
During the League Cup period the Ravens have currently played four tough and vital games to regain their focus after the Christmas break.
Their first fixture saw them battle against a Division one team. Despite the team’s effort and unity they were unable to break a well experience and talented Racing Trailblazers, losing 47-70.
Their second game saw them play against Rolls-Royce Merlin’s at the Ravens Nest. With being up in the first half the Ravens didn’t let their guard down and took the Win 61-39.
Throughout the game Ripley fought hard and didn’t lose focus in the third quarter of the match.
As a team they displayed good movement of the ball and strong team chemistry, which really shone through.
The team took a lot of positives from this game which they could continue to use in their next game against Paviors away from home.
In the third of the Ravens’ Cup group encounters they took on the Paviors, who currently find themselves at the top of Division Two and are a tough team to beat especially on their home court.
Ravens, five league places below Paviors knew they faced a challenge in this cup game. Ravens’ composure on court and momentum from their last victory impacted on the first few minutes of the game. Ravens in the first few minutes took an 8-2 lead.
However that would be Ravens only lead throughout the first half.
As the Ravens walked out onto court for the second half they were 10 points down, a position Ravens don’t usually do well in, especially against an experienced team like Paviors.
With the Second half underway Ravens battled and fought for every shot, rebound and turnover. Their defence grew stronger which encouraged their offence play.
In the final quarter through a dramatic half the Ravens had a three point gap to close, with only 11.9 seconds on the clock.
Every member of team had worked together to reach this point. With only a few seconds on the clock Elliot Teer sunk the ball for three points.
With the team pumped up and causing the game to run into Overtime, the Paviors seemed to be finished.
During the next tense five minutes both teams seemed to feel the pressure, but the pressure was lifted when Martyn Hawes went to the foul line and took the Ravens second lead of the game.
From then on the Ravens kept themselves composed and finished the game 86-76.
The Ravens final cup group fixture saw them travel to last year’s relegated Division One team Eastwood Antz, who won 48-44.
This leaves the Ravens third in their cup group, meaning they just missed out in a place in the quarter-finals of the cup, and instead progress to the quarter-finals of the shield.
They will play league new boys Redhill Rockets at home at the Ravens Nest (Ripley Leisure Centre) on Friday 27th February at 8:05pm (free and open adminision).
If the Ravens keep up the momentum a Shield final and the club’s first silverware in only its second season could be on the cards.