Preps: Overton runs away from Ravenwood with 51-point second half

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:32pm
Staff reports

Smoking hot in the second half, Overton made sure they took home a win in the region semifinals this time.

Lighting up the scoreboard with 51 second-half points, the Bobcats avenged a December defeat with an 82-51 romp over Ravenwood in the Region 6-AAA boys semifinals Tuesday at Brentwood High.

Justin Perry led all scorers with 20 points, along with six rebounds and two steals, while reliable guard Mookie Betts tossed in 16, despite the fact that he missed much of the second quarter with foul trouble.

Rozelle Wilson added 14 points with six rebounds and five blocks, and Frank Lobasco, the leading rebounder in Nashville, grabbed 14 boards and added four blocked shots.

The Bobcats blocked 12 shots and rarely did Ravenwood get a second shot. Overton got out and ran with every rebound. Perry provided the exclamation point with a breakaway slam dunk, making it 70-46 with 4:22 left.

Overton led just 30-27 at the half.

“It was very important that we clamped down on defense,” Perry said. “Defense wins championships, and that’s what we were committed to.”

Added Betts: “We came out of the locker room at halftime with a lot of energy.”

The victory erased the memory of huge disappointing regional semifinal loss to McGavock last March and advanced the Bobcats into the finals Thursday night against host Brentwood. The Bruins beat Hunters Lane 60-46 in the nightcap.

“After last year’s (semis) loss, you would have had to dredge my body out of the Cumberland River if we had lost this one,” coach James McKee whose team lost the Raptors before Christmas, said. “That was easily the best half of basketball we played all year, maybe the best game of the year. Rozelle played his tail off, blocking shots and scoring.”

Devin Robinson and Sam Wilcox scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Ravenwood, which saw its season end.

• Brentwood led just 24-23 at the half, but took the lead midway through the third quarter and finished with a bang, scoring 26 points in the fourth quarter to put out Hunters Lane.

The balanced Bruins had three players – point guard Jack Montague, Jamex Cox and sophomore Cody Shelton – who all scored 14 points. Montague directed an efficient Bruins offense.

Billy Hughes scored 20 to lead Hunters Lane but he had very little offensive help.

• Both the CPA and Maplewood seasons ended in the Region 5-AA tournament at Vol State. Sycamore upended Maplewood 57-47. Then East Lit, which finished third in the district, outscored CPA 86-73.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Region 6-AAA
(at Brentwood High)
Monday’s girls results
Semifinals—Hunters Lane 65, Hillsboro 52; Ravenwood 39, Cane Ridge 37.
Tuesday’s boys results
Overton 81, Ravenwood 52; Brentwood 60, Hunters Lane 46.
Wednesday’s game
7 p.m.—Hunters Lane vs. Ravenwood, girls final.
Thursday’s game
7 p.m.—Overton vs. Brentwood High, boys final.

Region 5-AA
(at Vol State, Gallatin)
Monday’s girls semifinal results
Semifinals—Lipscomb 61, Sycamore 41; Macon County 52, CPA 50.
Tuesday’s boys results
Semifinals—Sycamore 57, Maplewood 47; East Lit 86, CPA 73.
Wednesday’s game
7 p.m.—Lipscomb vs. Macon County, girls final.
Thursday’s game
7 p.m.—Sycamore vs. East Lit, boys final.

Region 5-A
(at Community High)
Tuesday’s results
McEwen 71, Nashville Christian School 65, OT, boys semifinals.

DII-A State tournament
(at Allen Arena)
Thursday’s games
2:00—FRA vs. Harding Academy, girls; 3:30 – FRA vs. Jackson Christian, boys; 5:15—Fayette Academy vs. Webb, girls; 6:45—ECS vs. Ezell-Harding, boys.
Saturday’s games
11 a.m.—Girls finals; 1 p.m.—Boys finals.

DII-AA State tournament
(at Allen Arena)
Friday’s games
2 p.m.—GPS vs. St. Benedict, girls; 3:30—McCallie vs. Briarcrest, boys; 5:15—Ensworth vs. Briarcrest, girls; 6:45—Ensworth vs. MBA, boys.
Saturday’s games
3 p.m. Girls finals; 5 p.m.—Boys finals.