The #2 seeded Ravenscroft Varsity Boys Basketball team moved into the NCISAA 3-A State Championship semifinals with a 59-36 victory over #7 Wesleyan Christian Academy on Thursday, Feb. 26 at Charlotte Country Day.
After the Ravens took a 13-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, WCA (15-12) went on a 10-0 run to open the second period and push ahead 22-13. The Ravens quickly closed the gap and McDonald's All-American Ryan Kelly finished the half with a dunk to give his team a 28-26 lead at halftime.
Ravenscroft played stifling defense in the third quarter, holding WCA to just 2 points and building a 47-28 lead entering the final period. Wesleyan scored only 10 points total in the second half.
Kelly led all scorers with 20 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks. Ravenscroft All-Conference picks Luke Davis (10 points, 8 assists) and Matt Wilson (16 points, 8 rebounds) were also in double figures in scoring. Senior guard Hampton Story dished out eight assists for the Ravens.
WCA's leading scorer was James Robbins with 17 points.
Ravenscroft (27-6) will play in the semifinals on Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m. at Charlotte Country Day against the winner of the #6 Forsyth Country Day vs. #3 Greensboro Day quarterfinal matchup.
This is the Ravens' first appearance in the state tournament semifinals since they advanced to the finals in 2005.
#2 RAV -- 13 - 15 - 19 - 12 -- 59
#7 WCA -- 12 -14 - 2 - 8 -- 36
RAV -- M. Ehilegbu 5; M. Jones 2; L. Davis 10; B. Rekuc 2; R. Kelly 20; S. Stoyanovich 4; M. Wilson 16.
WCA -- D. Crenshaw 6; M. O'Connor 3; M. Mullins 2; A. Kalpic 2; J. Johnson 6; J. Robbins 17.