After a disappointing loss in their first game of the NCMC Holiday Shootout in Trenton a few days earlier, the Richmond Spartans came back with an equally satisfying victory Monday over Chillicothe.
The Spartans erased 10-point deficits twice Monday night as they chalked up a 64-57 come-from-behind victory over the Hornets and pushed their record back over the .500 mark at 4-3.
Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said it was truly a team victory.
“Many players responded with big game either offensively or defensively,” he said. “Jon Vance was huge in the paint. Jacob Swope and Blaine Broderick led the charge from the outside.”
Vance recorded a double-double with a game-high 27 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Swope and Broderick also reached double figures from the outside. Swope knocked down three buckets outside the 3-point arc on his way to a 17-point night, while Broderick converted 6 of his 8 free throws to register 11 points, in addition to his 5 rebounds.
Colin Parker paced the Chillicothe scoring with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Two of those came in the first period, with the final one from long distance to beat the buzzer to give the Hornets a 14-11 lead. The Chillicothe lead stretched to 10 points in the second quarter behind the scoring of Alex Thompson who scored 7 of his 9 points in the period. Bryce Young, who ended the night with 14 points for Chillicothe, made all four of his free throw attempts in the second quarter to keep the Hornets a pace ahead of the Spartans for a 30-24 halftime lead.
After each team posted 13 points in the third period, Richmond opened the final frame with a 7-0 run to take its first lead since the opening quarter. The Spartans eased out to a 4-point lead until a back-door layup from Chillicothe’s Jacob Rockhold cut the Richmond lead to a bucket with less than a minute remaining.
Jon Vance got the Spartan lead back to 4 with a pair of free throws just a few seconds later. Rockhold then hit one of his two free throws, and with 40 seconds left, Broderick hit both of his free throw attempts for a 5-point Spartan lead.
Richmond sealed the deal from the free throw line as Swope, who made two of his 3-point buckets in the final period, also hit a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left in the game, followed by two more from Broderick.
Richmond ended the night hitting 12 of 20 from the line, while Chillicothe converted 17 of 24. The Spartans took control of the free throw line in the fourth quarter by visiting the stripe 14 times and making 11, while the Hornets hit just half of their 6 free throws in the final 8 minutes.
Also scoring for Richmond were freshman Kyle Carroll with 5 points and 2 rebounds, while James Vance hit for 4 points. Kyle Ash grabbed 4 rebounds for Richmond, with Robert Brewer pulling down a pair.
The Spartans will be back on the court Jan. 12 as the No 1 seed of the Lawson Invitational. Richmond will open with the host Cardinals at 9 p.m.
PHOTO: Richmond senior Jon Vance paced the Spartans to a 64-57 win over Chillicothe Monday with 27 points and 14 rebounds. (File photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)