Crusaders take down Ravenswood

PARKERSBURG — Ravenswood never led here Saturday night as host Parkersburg Catholic got game-highs in points from Cade Ullman (21) and assists from Jeb Boice (12) during the Crusaders’ 68-44 Little Kanawha Conference West Division victory.

Head coach Rob Strcula’s club, which improved to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the LKC West with a home game set for Thursday versus Charleston Catholic, got seven consecutive points to open the affair from Ullman.

Devin Raines tallied two of his team-high 18 points to finally get the Red Devils on the board two minutes in. However, Ullman answered that with a layup following a Boice steal and assist and then Peyton Amrine, who finished with 15 points, drained the first of his five trifectas.

A triple by Zach Burgess thanks to a Devin Francis kick-out cut the deficit to 14-7 with 2:30 still on the clock, but Ty Sturm connected from deep for part of his 17-point night and then Jalen Brunny converted inside for a 19-7 cushion after one.

Veteran RHS boss Mick Price’s squad couldn’t get anything going early in the second as PCHS took complete control of the tilt by going on a 16-2 run. Xavier Collie’s dish to Sturm for an easy layup started the spurt and Brunny ended it with another bucket in the paint.

A putback by Ullman along with another Amrine 3 put Ravenswood (1-6, 1-3) in a 43-14 halftime hole.

Boice had nine assists at intermission, but his best dime of the night came halfway through the third quarter when he tipped a ball in the passing lane, knocking it back toward halfcourt. Boice then raced near the sideline and before stepping out of bounds managed to grab the ball and fling it behind his back to an awaiting Sturm, who took it in for an easy layup and a 53-21 advantage at the 3:58 mark.

Ravenswood, which plays host Wednesday to St. Marys in another LKC West battle, trailed 61-26 entering the fourth and managed to close the gap a little bit thanks to a quartet of 3s in the period. Raines and Deshone Cooper had one apiece while Ben Queen knocked down two, which included one just before the final buzzer when teammate Seth Marra got blocked inside, got his own rebound and then kicked out to Queen in front of the Red Devils’ bench.

Amrine finished with a game-high seven rebounds as PCHS held a 36-27 advantage on the boards. Raines also had six caroms on a night when the Red Devils had 22 turnovers.

Boice and Copen tied for game-high steal honors with four apiece while Ullman collected six rebounds.