The Richmond Spartans just could not get any offense going Monday night in their NCMC Holiday Shootout matchup with Maryville at the Ketcham Community Center.
Richmond dropped its second in a row, and back to .500 at 3-3 with a 49-42 loss to the Spoofhounds.
Both teams had trouble getting into the flow of the game with Maryville able to hold on to a 4-0 lead halfway through the opening quarter.
The Spartans pulled to within a point twice, but the Hounds were able to hold on to a 14-9 lead after one period and a 27-16 edge at the intermission for their biggest lead of the game.
Richmond’s best offensive quarter of the night came in the third quarter with the Hounds holding a 10-point lead 90 seconds into the second half. Jacob Swope got the hot hand for the Spartans as he hit 3 of his four 3-point buckets in a 1:44 span during a 12-0 run enabling Richmond to take its first lead, 30-28.
Maryville and Richmond battled on even terms for the remainder of the period with Joe Jasinski’s tip at the buzzer pulling the Spoofhounds back into a 36-36 deadlock heading into the final 8 minutes.
The Spartan offense left the building in the fourth quarter. After a pair of Maryville free throws regained the lead for the Hounds, Robert Brewer scored off a rebound for the Spartans to tie the game at 38-38 with 6:46 left in the game.
It would be Richmond’s last field goal for the game. Maryville would make just two more shots from the field, but hit 7 of 12 from the free throw line, while the Spartans would visit the line just 4 times – making all of them.
Swope ended the night with a game-high 19, with Brewer adding 13. Seth Staashelm led the Maryville scoring with 16, while Adam Mattson chipped in 12.
The Spartans will play their second game of the NCMC Shootout Monday at 8:30 p.m. as they face Chillicothe.
PHOTO: Robert Brewer goes up strong for the Spartans in Monday’s loss to Maryville. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News)