STORY BY CHIP CIRILLO | PHOTOS BY WHITNEY JARRELD
Blanne Burrow said it might have been “a shot from above.”
Playing a day after his grandfather, Bob, died, Burrow’s layup with 31.3 seconds left gave Page a 54-53 win over visiting Ravenwood on Friday night.
Bob Burrow ranks 10th at Kentucky with 823 career rebounds and he was a two-time All-American with the Wildcats from 1954-56. He was 84.
Burrow, a 6-foot-7 center, tied a school record with 34 rebounds in 1955 loss to Temple. He helped Kentucky win a Southeastern Conference title as a junior.
“It was tough playing out there because it was my first game without him, but I just kind of played for him and had fun out there doing it because I know he loved to play the game, too,” Blanne said. “I just felt like I should play because that’s what he loved to do most is play basketball.”
Blanne’s grandfather taught him how to rebound.
“Box out, always hit somebody,” Blanne said Bob always told him.
Bob came to most of Blanne’s games until his health started failing this season.
Blanne’s uncle, Brett, was a 6-10 center at Vanderbilt from 1982-86.
Chase Siebert led Ravenwood (6-8, 3-4 District 11-AAA) with 25 points, but his 3-point attempt from the left corner at the buzzer fell short as it drew air.
“He got a pretty good look, but it didn’t go down,” Raptors coach Patrick Whitlock said. “He played 32 minutes. He’s tired. He’s our guy and everyone knows he’s our guy, and he still goes out and scores 25, so I think that says a lot about him. He’s one of the best players in the district.”
Page (6-10, 3-4) rallied from a 30-19 halftime deficit. The Patriots pulled to within three by the end of the third quarter and the game was tight for the last eight minutes.
“We were just trotting through stuff in the first half,” Page coach Larry Noe said. “I don’t know if it was nerves. Ravenwood is a big challenge for us. Confidence is the key and we didn’t have it in the first half.”
Mason Allen, who had four 3-pointers, and Nate Hollmann led Page with 12 points apiece.
“Blanne is on an emotional roller coaster,” Noe said. “His grandfather was a big influence to a lot of these kids as far as basketball. He’s done a lot of talking to our guys and things like that. We were very surprised to have (Blanne) tonight.”
Conner English added 10 for Ravenwood. Page moved into a fifth-place tie with the Raptors in the nine-team district.
“We had an 11-point lead at halftime, so we should not have been in that position,” Whitlock said. “It’s disappointing because the past five games we have been the team to come back in the fourth quarter. We had some unforced turnovers there in the second half that are just not acceptable in any form or fashion.
“I think it’s just lack of focus. We got an 11-point lead and we thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be easy.’ And that’s not how basketball works, especially 11-AAA basketball. We’ve only got two guys that played any varsity time last year.”
Page visits Summit on Tuesday.
Ravenwood visits Centennial on Friday.