By Hamza Khan
The Robbinsville Ravens celebrated a magical senior night by defeating the Knights of West Windsor North 59-45 at home this Friday- etching themselves ever closer to a Valley Division title.
Entering the Raven’s Nest, you could only prepare yourself for the atmosphere ahead. Bleachers packed to the rim, student section jumping, alongside the senior night festivities, this was surely going to be a night to remember.
The Ravens came into the game 14-5 with an undefeated record at home while the Knights, only 4-13, came prepared to spoil the anniversary.
The Knights jumped out to a 5-0 start to begin the game and after three missed free throws by Robbinsville, Raven fans began to worry. However, sparked by Darren Henderson and Keith Motusesky’s scoring, the Ravens were able to rebound and tie the game up at 12 apiece at the first intermission.
As the 2nd quarter began, North guards’ Makhi Thompson and Luke Finkelstein continued to shock the building with their scoring output. Nonetheless, the Ravens were able to counteract the Knights attack behind Ryan Smith and Brian Tierney’s inside presence. This surge would put the Ravens up 29-25 going into the second half.
The Knights opened the third quarter up with a quick two-point score, however, it’d be their last for the next eight minutes. Robbinsville finished the third on a 13 to 2 run putting themselves up 42-27 going into the final quarter behind another scoring outburst from Keith Motusesky.
When asked how the Ravens were able to overcome their sluggish start, Keith Motusesky said “We’ve been struggling these past few games during the first half but it is always during halftime where Coach Hayes always makes the right adjustments and gets us fired up to come out ready for the second half”.
The final intermission proved to be a back and forth game where the Knights outscored Robbinsville 18-17 but was simply not enough for the win. The Ravens capitalized on their senior night by defeating West Windsor North 59-45.
With the end of this senior classes’ career lingering, senior guard Brian Tierny said “It hurts knowing my career is coming to an end after these past four years with the program, but my teammates and myself are going to continue to give everything we have to finish what we started when we first walked into the gym freshman year”
“A division championship. My freshman year we all sat down with coach (Conor Hayes) and told him our plan; to put up a banner.” said senior forward Jack Billings. After Fridays win, the Ravens are one step closer to achieving just that.