Published On: Wed, Mar 16th, 2011

High-powered Ravenna runs past Cedar

Cedar Catholic’s Logan Weinandt goes in for a layup during action in Thursday’s Class C2 State Tournament game in Lincoln.

LINCOLN — The Ravenna Blue Jays showed Thursday just why they have run the table in the past two Class C2 State tournaments.
Ravenna handed Cedar Catholic a 55-44 first-round loss in Class C2 State tournament action here Thursday morning.

“Ravenna has a nice team and we just needed to execute better offensively and defensively to beat them,” Cedar Catholic Coach Matt Steffen said.  “The kids played well as far as rebounding, and taking care of the ball, but we just didn’t make the shots we needed to make and didn’t execute what we wanted to do defensively.”
Cedar got on the board first against Ravenna with an Andy Moser rebound and put-back, but the lead was short lived.
The defending state champs quickly went on a 6-0 run to take control. Cedar got back into the contest on an Andy Moser jumper and foul shot to make it 6-5,
A Garrett Irvine jumper put Ravenna in front 8-5, but Zach Steffen’s bomb from downtown knotted the game at 8-8.
Ravenna fired right back, however, as Trevor Cyboron responded with a trey of his own to give the Jays an 11-8 lead and start a 9-2 run to again take control of the contest. Kyle Klug ended Cedar’s scoring drought by swishing a nice three pointer with under a minute left in the frame to cut the Cedar deficit to 17-13 at the buzzer.
Ravenna opened the second frame with a 6-1 run. The Jays ended up outscoring the Trojans 10-5 in the frame to take a 27-18 lead into the locker room.
Only three Cedar athletes were able to hit for points in the first half. Zach Steffen led the way with seven points, while Kyle Klug hit a pair of treys for six points and Andy Moser earned five first-quarter points, but was shut out in the second frame.
Ravenna’s Theison Anderson opened the second half with a quick jumper, but Cedar’s Aaron Steffen responded with a trey to cut the Jays’ lead to eight points, 29-21.
Ravenna then ripped off another big run thanks to a trey, a pair of foul shots and a jumper to stop any thoughts of a Cedar Catholic rally, by taking a 36-21 lead with 5:03 left in the third quarter. The two teams then traded baskets evenly the rest of the frame as the Jays earned the 15-12 scoring advantage.
Cedar opened the final frame with a 7-2 run thanks to three points from Aaron Steffen and a jumper from Kyle Klug.

The Jays spent the next two minutes in their stall and foul offense until both teams pulled their starters.

Cedar’s final points came when Josh Anderson hit a three just before the buzzer to make the final margin 55-44.
Despite the loss, Coach Steffen is proud of his team’s effort in the game and all season long.
“We are very proud of how hard the kids played all year and are proud of the leadership the seniors provided,” Steffen said. “I told the kids that we are close, but must work harder this summer if we want to make another run next year.”
Ravenna    17   10    15   13   – 55
Cedar         13   5      12  12  – 44

Cedar    Ravenna
FG    17-46        22-48
FT    6-13        8-13
3pt    4-11        3-16
Reb    33            28
Blocks    1            1
Fouls    10            15
TOs    8            7

Cedar – Andy Moser, 11; Aaron Steffen, 8; Kyle Klug, 7; Zach Steffen, 7; Logan Feilmeier, 4; Josh Anderson, 3; Trevor Hamilton, 2; Logan Weinandt 1; Riley Noecker, 1.  Ravenna – Connor Beranek, 21; Trevor Cyboron, 20; Theison Anderson, 6; Lucas Wilke, 4; Garrett Irvine, 4.
Cedar – Logan Feilmeier, 5; Zach Steffen, 4; Andy Moser, 4; Logan Weinandt, 4; Aaron Steffen, 3; Riley Noecker, 2; Kyle Klug, 1; Josh Anderson, 1; Trevor Hamilton, 1. Ravenna – Theison Anderson, 8; Conner Beranek, 5; Trevor Cyboron, 4; Lucas Wilke, 3.
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 2; Andy Moser, 2; Riley Noecker, 1; Zach Steffen, 1; Logan Feilmeier, 1; Mathew Leise, 1; Aaron Steffen, 1.Ravenna – Trevor Cyboron, 7; Connor Beranek, 3.
Cedar – Kyle Klug, 2; Logan Feilmeier, 1; Mathew Leise, 1.