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Nick Dang has been out of the lineup for most of the year and was absent again in the first half.
But the sophomore guard came up big for Ravenwood in the fourth quarter against Page.
Dang scored seven of his 12 points in the final eight minutes, rallying Ravenwood to a 49-45 win over visiting Page on Tuesday night.
“Nick Dang energized our team,” Raptors coach Patrick Whitlock said. “He did not play in the first half and came in and got some steals and knocked down a 3, and really gave us a lot of life and lifted us up defensively.”
Dang returned from a back injury in a win over Spring Hill on Jan. 25.
“That’s hard because basketball is a timing-type sport, so some nights you’re going to play over your head. Some nights you’re not,” Whitlock said. “We hope we can get him in the full swing of things by next Friday. (Not playing in the first half) was a coach’s decision – undisclosed reasons.”
Sterling Craig, a 6-foot-7 center, also had 12 points for Ravenwood (9-13, 6-9 District 11-AAA).
“We just started getting stops on defense around the third quarter,” Craig said. “I think that really helped because we couldn’t get anything going on offense against their zone.”
Whitlock said the Raptors are more successful when they keep the score in the 40s.
Page (10-15, 6-9) led most of the way until Dang converted a three-points play with a steal, layup and foul shot to give Ravenwood a 38-37 advantage with 3:10 left.
The Raptors led for the final two minutes and held the Patriots off at the foul line.
Page point guard Blanne Burrow fouled out with a team-high 13 points with two minutes left.
“We had 21 turnovers – 21 turnovers, you’re not going to beat many teams,” Page coach Larry Noe said. “The bottom line is we’re just not mentally tough. Our society allows them to make an excuse and in this game if you make excuses, you get beat.”
Page and Ravenwood are tied for sixth in the district.
Page hosts Summit on Friday in its regular-season finale.
Ravenwood hosts Nashville Central Christian on Friday.