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Dancing with the Devils
February 1, 2012 - Jay Bennett
Man, what a game to win for Williamstown and an even worse one to lose for Ravenswood.
Of course, I'm talking about the not long ago completed Williamstown 63-60 overtime road triumph at "The Pit" in Ravenswood where Yellowjacket senior Michael Badgley capped his 29-point evening with an NBA trifecta to send the Red Devils to 6-8 on the campaign.
Not sure what to expect because I hadn't seen the Ravenswood boys play yet this year, but things looked great for the hosts when they led 35-17 early in the third. However, Badgley and teammate Chase Brown combined to score 20 straight points — 10 apiece — as the 'Jackets ended the quarter on a 20-8 run to turn the tide.
I've covered a fair share of games involving Ravenswood and head coach Mick Price, including some really tough losses where one even hates to interview the coach. With that being said, coach Price is rarely at a loss for words and pretty much just tells it like it is.
Tuesday night was no different when I was talking with him and fellow assistant coaches Bryan Canterbury and Don Brown.
Coach Price: "That game has been typical of my team throughout this year. We turned the ball over at inopportune times. We missed key shots down the stretch and our inability to stop anybody defensively and those three things are why we are 6-8 and they rear their ugly head every time we play anybody that's any good."
Coach Canterbury then chimed in noting, "and we show flashes of brilliance." Coach Price followed by adding, "sometimes we'll play really well and we can't stand the prosperity of it," to which coach Brown added, "or forget how we got the lead."
Even though there's still plenty of time for Ravenswood to turn things around, not to mention everyone is 0-0 when the postseason begins, the last time a coach Price team had a sub .500 record was at 10-12 back in 1994-95.
"The sad part of it is, we've done it too many times this year," Price added of the Red Devils' problem of stopping people and missing foul shots and turning the ball over down the stretch. "I'm afraid if this group of kids don't get it together it will be an early baseball and track season for these kids because there is no room in tournaments for being ineffective in a game, whether it's shooting, foul shooting, individual or team defense. If you can't do those four things you are probably not going to be very successful."
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