Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark
RAVENNA — Tracy Ruel may be more demanding of his son than he is of others on Oakridge’s boys basketball team.
Peyton Ruel wouldn’t have it any other way. The Eagles sophomore knows how to respond accordingly.
The 6-foot guard stepped up when Oakridge needed him most Tuesday night in the CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Game of the Week. Ruel scored nine straight of his game-high 18 points during a pivotal fourth-quarter stretch that lifted Oakridge to a 58-53 victory over hosting rival Ravenna.
“The look I probably gave him was yelling at him,” said Tracy Ruel, the Eagles’ veteran coach, when asked about any signals that may have been relayed to his son indicating that it was “go time.”
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Here are more notables and details from the game:
- Ruel added eight assists and two steals for Oakridge.
- Ravenna led 26-23 at halftime. The game was tied at 33 at halftime.
- Oakridge sophomore Evan Miller finished with 12 points and three assists.
- Oakridge senior Matt Danicek had 10 points.
- Oakridge senior Ty Maitland and sophomore Michael Wambaugh grabbed seven rebounds apiece, while sophomore Evan Jozsa had five boards. Maitland also had two steals.
- Ravenna junior Carter Schullo led his team with 15 points and nine rebounds.
- Ravenna senior Hunter Hogan had 12 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
- Ravenna junior Drew Mabrito scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds.
- Ravenna junior Chase Thomas had six points.
- Oakridge improves to 9-10 overall and 5-5 in the WMC Lakes Division, while Ravenna is 6-14 overall and 5-6 in WMC Rivers Division play.
- Next games: This Thursday, Oakridge visits Whitehall while Ravenna hits the road for Hesperia.
Hear from Tracy and Peyton Ruel, as well as Ravenna coach Courtney Kemp, plus see some highlights in the video below:
Peyton Ruel was named the CatchMark SportsNet West Michigan Conference Game of the Week Player of the Game. Here is a TikTok on him:
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