After pounding the Richmond Spartans from the inside early in the title game of the Husker Classic in Higginsville Saturday night, St. Pius then unleashed a 3-point barrage on the way to a 78-55 victory. The Warriors, now 4-1, dropped in 10 buckets from outside the arc as they pushed Richmond to 3-2 for the season.
Daniel McConnell knocked down three 3-pointers on the way to a 15-point night with Michael Kaufmann also scoring 15. Alex Hefley also hit three buckets from 3-point land as he chalked up 14 points for the night and Alex Retzer added a dozen points. Ben Wilson hit a pair of treys, with Kaufman and Joe Tyner adding one apiece.
Jon Vance led the Richmond scoresheet with 24 points with 6 rebounds. Trey Folvarcik hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Spartans as he scored 13. Jacob Swope added 6 points with a team-high 4 assists, with Blaine Broderick adding 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Also scoring for Richmond was James Vance with 3, while Robert Brewer and Kyle Ash added 2 apiece.
The Spartans managed to weather the storm early as Pius used 6-4 forward Retzer inside early. Richmond trailed only 15-11 after one period and both teams battled on even terms throughout most of the second quarter.
The Spartans, who never led in the game, got a bucket by Ash with 2:57 remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 27-25. After that, it was all St. Pius as the Warriors closed out the half with 12 unanswered points and stretched the run to 21-0 before Broderick scored on a layup with 5:10 left in the third quarter. St. Pius quickly hit back-to-back 3-pointers to end any hopes for a comeback attempt by Richmond.
The Warriors took a 61-36 cushion into the final 8 minutes and then let the reserves take over midway through the period.
The Spartans hit 18 of 23 free throws for the night, while St. Pius made just 4 trips to the stripe and converted half of them.
Richmond will travel to Smithville Thursday starting with the junior varsity contest at 5:30 p.m.
PHOTO: Richmond senior Jacob Swope makes a move to the hoop early in the Spartans’ loss to St. Pius in Saturday’s championship game of the Husker Classic. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)