Ryan Stephney exploded to score 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Plaisance Guardians in a 78-63 win in the quarterfinal round of the Road to Mecca III National Club Basketball Championships on Saturday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
With both teams playing cat and mouse during the first three quarters, the game was tied at 46 entering the final period.
Ryan Stephney stops for a pull-up jumper during his game-clinching run
Stephney’s explosion started with a three from the top of the arc that hit nothing but net followed by an easy lay-up on the next Raven’s possession that gave the squad clad in white, orange trimmings and black a 59-53 lead with 5:19 to play.
Jermaine Slater and Tyrone Hamid of the Ravens go up for a rebound during the game
With Ravens playing stellar defence in the fourth as well as rebounding the ball well, Stephney capped off his game clinching run with an and-one play with 3:18 to play to the cheers of the sizeable crowd and with the score on 68-58 and out of reach for a possible comeback for the Guardians.
Stephney would also grab eight boards in his performance to lead the squad as the Ravens outscored the Guardians 32-17 in the final period. Jermaine Slater was also a rebounding machine, gabbing a few critical offensive boards during the final period to finish with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Dominic Vincente also scored 15 points Ryan Gullen had a quiet nine points in the win.
Nikkoloi Smith was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points while Ron Campbell had 17 points in the loss.
Meanwhile in the night’s earlier game, the Colts throttled to an easy 70-48 win against the Pepsi Sonics.
Shelroy Thomas returned to the starting line-up after missing the Round of 16 game and led the Colts with 24 points as he showcased his finishing ability at the rim with some smooth lay-ups.
Shane Webster was also a best racking up 16 points to dominate the post while controlling the paint with 19 rebounds. Stanton Rose also had 15 points in the win.
Scoring for the Pepsi Sonics came from Jason Squires with 17 points and Trevor Smith with 18 points as the lack of ball movement hampered the Sonics from having easy looks at the basket.
The final of the tournament will be held on March 19 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.