The Richmond Spartans had two chances in the final 26 seconds to pull off a rare victory over visiting Cameron Friday night in a packed and raucous RHS gym. The Dragons, who have dominated the Spartans on the court the past few years, missed the front end of one-and-one situations two times in the closing stages but held on for a 48-46 win.
The Spartans, who had trailed by as many as 11 points with 2:12 left in the third period battled back to cut the deficit to a bucket on Robert Brewer’s free throw with 49 seconds remaining in the game.
Cameron’s Trace Naylor, who ended the night with 11 points for the Dragons, missed his first free throw of the night with 26 seconds left, but the Spartans threw the ball away on their trip down the court.
Aaron Gould, who had a dozen points, then stepped to the line for Cameron in an attempt to put the game away, but he also missed his first free throw with 12 seconds left and the Spartans quickly moved the ball down the court, but a shot from inside rolled around and off the rim as Richmond dropped to 1-1 for the season.
Blaine Broderick led the Spartan scoresheet with 10 points, to go along with 5 rebounds, a steal and an assist. Brewer and Jon Vance added 9 points and 5 rebounds apiece. Kyle Ash hit for 6 points with 3 rebounds.
Also scoring for Richmond was Jordan Smith with 5 points and 2 assists; James Vance with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a team-high 3 steals; and Jacob Swope with 3 points and a pair of assists.
Sean Skilling scored a game-high 15 points for the 1-0 Dragons.
Cameron held a 15-13 lead after the opening period. Broderick pulled the Spartans to with a point with his 3-pointer with 4:11 remaining in the half, but Richmond went on a cold streak and did not record another point as the visitors took a 24-18 lead into the locker room.
Jon Vance’s steal and layup ended the Spartan scoring drought with 6:46 left in the third quarter and cut the Cameron lead to 7 points.
A 5-0 Cameron run later in the quarter gave the Dragons a 38-27 advantage before the Spartans began to chip away.
The Dragons ended the night hitting 8 of their 11 free throw attempts, with the Spartans converting 4 of 7 from the stripe.
PHOTO: Richmond’s Jon Vance (21) tries the baseline against Trace Naylor of Cameron in Friday night’s home-opener with the Dragons. Cameron held off a late Spartan charge and left town with a 48-46 win. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)