The Southeast coach, now in his eighth year,

By Eric Clutter Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The Southeast coach, now in his eighth year, believes a win in game No. 1 can set the foundation for success.

"I think it's real important for momentum throughout the season," said Dunn. "We just put a lot of emphasis on the first game every year and say that kind of shapes the whole season."

Tuesday night on Southeast's home floor, Aaron Pettigrew scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Pirates overcame a lousy shooting night to register their sixth opening-game win in a row, turning back visiting Ravenna 63-44 in a non-league affair.

The Pirates shot only 29 percent from the field for the night, but took 78 attempts as in typical Southeast fashion they owned the boards to the tune of 51-40.

"I thought our rebounding and defense were outstanding throughout the entire game," said Dunn, who watched his team endure a 23-of-78 shooting effort. "That kept the lead when we didn't shoot it well. When we did start to shoot the ball a little better in the second half, I think we extended the lead a little bit."

Pettigrew was held pretty much in check by the Ravens (0-2) in the first half, as the 6-foot-1 senior tallied only nine points.

In the third quarter, however, he doubled his output with nine more as Southeast maintained a 13-point advantage after three quarters (45-32), the same margin it enjoyed at the intermission.

Ravenna fell back by 17 early in the third quarter, but used a 16-7 spurt to pull within 40-32 with two minutes left in the stanza.

"I thought our kids gave a good effort, probably not as strong as we played on Friday," said Ravenna coach Robert Rhodes. "We had some bright spots. But I just think the (Southeast) pressure, the constant pressure really got to us."

Deron Boyd led the Ravens with 18 points. Jeff Kiel followed with nine.

A new face for the Pirates, junior Aaron Hall, sank a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter to stake Southeast to an 18-11 lead.

Both clubs struggled in the second period, before Southeast got hot toward the close of the half and took a 29-16 lead at the break.

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Southeast 63, Ravenna 44

(At Southeast)

RAVENNA (44) _ Jerome Tarrance 0 0-0 0; Jeff Kiel 2 3-6 9; Marlon Jones 1 0-0 3; T.J. Golias 0 0-0 0; Cody Drake 0 1-6 1; Chris Wymer 0 1-2 1; Deron Boyd 7 4-4 18; Joe Salem 2 0-0 5; Kris Yost 2 3-6 7. Totals 14 12-24 44.

SOUTHEAST (63) _Adam Eskridge 2 0-0 5; Ryan Levels 0 0-1 0; Aaron Pettigrew 11 3-7 26; Mat Hartung 0 2-4 2; Jermaine Davis 3 0-0 8; Steve Dillon 1 0-0 2; Duane Kaley 0 0-0 0; Sean Cornell 0 4-4 4; Kyle Bresette 0 0-0 0; Josh Herndon 0 0-0 0; Brock Kertoy 0 0-0 0; Matt Edwards 0 0-0 0; Cole Donithan 3 1-2 7; Aaron Hall 3 0-0 9; Pat Divoky 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 10-18 63.

RAVENNA 11 5 16 12 _ 44

SOUTHEAST 18 11 16 18 _ 63

Three-Point Goals _ Ravenna (4): Kiel 2, Jones 1, Salem 1. Southeast (7): Hall 3, Davis 2, Eskridge 1, Pettigrew 1.

Total Rebounds _Southeast, 51-40

Total Fouls _ Southeast, 21-18

JV Score _ Southeast, 48-28. Leading Scorers: (SE) Pat Divoky, 12 points; (R) Lamonte Nelms, 8 points.

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