ON Saturday evening the Dundalk Ravens welcomed Cavan outfit Killenkere to the Dundalk Sports Centre where they looked to get back on the winning track.
The Ravens had something to prove to the themselves after three poor losses on the road so another defeat, at home was unthinkable.
The game started brightly for the Ravens with Aaron Lawless scoring eight quick fire points followed by seven from Darren McGovern. Good rebounding by starters John Loughlin and M Mindagas set up easy scores for the Ravens.
Killinkere were not helped with only five regular players travelling to Dundalk. This meant the Ravens game plan was to run the game quicker to tire out the short handed Killenkere.
At the end of the first quarter the Ravens led 22-15. The second quarter saw the introduction of players for the Ravens with M Karpinski finally showing he can produce good scores at this level.
Kostas Keraputis had his second game of the season with the Ravens due to work commitments and produced a good display of defence while also scoring nine points in the quarter. By half time the Ravens led 43-28.
With the game pretty much tided up the Ravens began to give as many minutes to players who usually don’t get much court time and they stepped up accordingly with John Loughlin scoring a three and a lay up and M Mindagas went on a scoring spree himself with eight points.
By the end of the third quarter the Ravens led by 74-43.
The fourth quarter was practically a training session for the Ravens and they needed plenty of concentration as the contest was over but they wanted to continue until the end giving a strong performance.
The game was entertaining with slam dunks and long three pointers and the Ravens hope to take this confidence and teamwork to their next game against Athboy Cobras on Saturday, February 26 at home in the Sports Centre at 6.30pm.
All support are welcome and free of charge.
DUNDALK RAVENS: Darren McGovern (18), Fu Faapito (2), Aaron Lawless (16), M Mindagas (25), M Karpinski (9), T Nerbustas (2), D Maguire, J Rafferty, K Keraputis (19), L Woods, J Loughlin (5).