RAVENNA, Neb. — Ravenna coach Paul Beranek thought he knew how Tuesday night’s game against Sutton would go.

“In my mind, I thought first team to 40 would win,” Beranek said. “But actually the first team to 30 won.”

Class C-2 No. 1 Sutton broke that 30-point mark late in the third quarter and then held on for a 34-29 victory over C-2 No. 7 Ravenna.

“We felt it was a game that if the score got in the 60s or 70s, we weren’t going to win,” Sutton coach Steve Spongberg said. “If we could hold them in the 40s or low 50s, we had a chance. We were fortunate to hold them a little under that.”

It still wasn’t exactly the way the Mustangs (13-1) wanted to win down the stretch. They had a nine-point lead going into the final quarter, but only scored three points the rest of the way.

Sutton slowed the pace in the final eight minutes. The Mustangs took just three shots from the field in the quarter, but Ravenna (9-5) had just five of its own.

Spongberg said he wanted his team to be patient and get good shots in the final four minutes, and if the Mustangs got to the line he was hoping it would be Cole Wiseman or Austin Rath.

“Those are two big players for us as far as if you do foul, they’re pretty good foul shooters,” Spongberg said.

“So we did some things well, but you can’t relax against a team like Ravenna. They’re really well-coached. Their kids play hard.”

Ravenna got a bucket from Blake Chramosta with 1 minute, 5 seconds left to pull within 33-26. After Sutton missed a 1-and-1 attempt at the line, Tyler Douglas sank a 3-pointer to make it 33-29 with 27 seconds remaining.

Rath, who led all scorers with 10 points, made 1 of 2 free throws with 13 seconds left to help put the game away.

Ravenna had just 23 shots from the field for the game.

“I thought the key to the game was our defensive effort,” Spongberg said. “They’re a team that’s been averaging about 60 points a game, so they’re capable of scoring, especially on their floor.”

The third quarter was key for the Mustangs. Reed Stone hit two 3-pointers and Rath added another to help build the lead.

“We left guys open we shouldn’t,” Beranek said. “Stone hit a big one. We know Rath is going to hit them. We were trying to guard him, but even he got a good look and that shouldn’t have happened.

“But you have to give those guys credit. When they got a good look they made them. Sutton’s guys stepped up and came through with some stuff.”

Sutton (13-1)..........................9 11 11 3—34

Ravenna (9-5)..........................10 5 7 7—29

S: Wiseman 5-7 0-0 10, Rath 5-12 2-3 14, Yost 1-1 0-0 2, Stone 2-6 0-1 6, Carlson 1-1 0-0 2, Hohensee 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 14-30 2-4 34.

R: B. Chramosta 3-5 0-0 7, Sieczkowski 2-4 0-0 4, Teichmeier 2-6 0-1 5, Douglas 2-4 2-2 7, Bauer 2-2 1-2 5, Hough 0-1 0-0 0, A. Chramosta 0-0 0-0 0, Standage 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 11-23 4-7 29.

3-point goals: S 4-11 (Stone 2-4, Rath 2-5, Wiseman 0-2), R 3-9 (B. Chramosta 1-2, Douglas 1-2, Teichmeier 1-3, Hough 0-1, Sieczkowski 0-1). Fouled out: none. Rebounds: S 13 (Stone 3), R 20 (Teichmeier 6). Turnovers: S 8, R 15. Total fouls: S 10, R 11. Technicals: none.

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