DUNDALK Ravens secured another vital win at the weekend over a well run Athboy Cobras team who are hanging around the bottom of the table.
The Ravens started the game well with Mindi Mindagas in particular good form with big scores and Andrius Burba worked the rebounds well for the Ravens. Fu Faapito was running the point position with excellent vision to find his teammates for easy scores.
Athboy’s attack was poor at times at the beginning which led to the Ravens getting easy fast break scores through Darren McGovern and Mateusz Karpinski. Although the Cobras began to find their rhythm on the offensive side and made some great scores. At the end of the first quarter the Ravens were up 24-17.
The second quarter started like the first with excellent shooting coming from Mindagas and McGovern. Karpinski showed his worth to the team with some excellent rebounds as he came in for Andrius Burba who got into very early foul trouble. Kostas Keraputis ran the offensive well and found openings in the defense to exploit.
Aaron Lawless who had a quiet game hit a big three near the end of the quarter for only a poor decision by the referee to allow an Athboy score clearly after the buzzer sounded. At half time the score was 51-30 with the Ravens in a strong position.
In the third the Ravens continued their strong defense to make things difficult for the Cobras to make easy scores. Tadas Narbutas had some good steals along with scores on the other side. Fu Faapito continued his eagle eyed passes for easy scores to be converted by Lawless and Mindagas to make sure the Ravens were in a comfortable led of 67-43 at the end of the third quarter.
Going into the final quarter the Ravens were comfortable and the win was almost secure. So the Ravens ran the bench and some of its younger players who will get their chance to show if the can make the grade in other games and also their own leagues.
DkIT student player J Rafferty hit a good baseline jump shot and a strong drive by L Woods showed that they can play offense at this level. The Ravens ran out easy victors in this game on a scoreline of 88-65.
DUNDALK RAVENS: Darren McGovern (11), Fu Faapito (5), Mindi Mindagas (34) , Andrius Burba (3), Kostas Keraputis (15), Mateusz Karpinski (5), David Maguire, Liam Woods (2), J Rafferty (2), Tadas Narbutas (4), Aaron Lawless (8).