The Richmond Spartans advanced to the championship game of the Lawson Invitational for the second consecutive year in convincing fashion Thursday night. The Spartans eclipsed the 70-point mark for the second time this week as they rolled past West Platte 72-48.
Richmond, now 6-3, will meet No. 2 seed Hamilton Saturday night at 8 for the tournament title. Hamilton, 8-1, defeated Plattsburg 68-53 in the other semifinal Thursday evening.
The Spartans dominated inside with Robert Brewer and D’Andre Williams along with Jon and James Vance while Blaine Broderick and Jacob Swope took care of the outside scoring. The Spartans, who hit 10 3-point buckets Monday night, added 6 more Thursday with Broderick connecting for 3, with Swope hitting a pair and Trey Folvarcik adding one more.
Williams led the Spartan scoresheet with 16 points – capping off the night with a slam dunk. Brewer led the effort on the boards with 9 rebounds to go along with 6 points. James Vance joined Broderick and Swope in double figures with his 10 points, while Swope also scored 10 points with Broderick adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. Jon Vance scored 6 points with 7 rebounds.
Also providing Richmond with the inside edge were Jordan Smith and Kyle Ash. Ash hit for 6 points while grabbing 3 rebounds, with Smith scoring 2 points and adding a pair of rebounds. Kyle Carroll scored 2 points for the Spartans.
Kyle Haas led the Bluejay scoring with 13 points, while Brett Grindstaff added 8.
Richmond controlled the game from the opening tip as the Spartans jumped out to a 10-2 lead with Broderick providing a pair of 3-pointers. Some turnover problems allowed West Platte to cut the deficit to 13-10 by the end of the period, but the Spartans regained their stride as they opened the second quarter with 11 unanswered points during a 15-2 run.
The Bluejays never were able to recover as Richmond took a 34-17 lead into the lockerroom for halftime. The Spartans opened the second half the same way as the first half. Richmond scored the first 8 points on the way to building a 24-point lead. The Spartans took a 55-29 lead into the final period.
Richmond went to the free throw line 16 times and converted 10, while West Platte attempted just 4 from the stripe and hit a pair.
PHOTO: D’Andre Williams slashes to the basket on his way to scoring a game-high 16 points as the Spartans advanced to the Lawson Invitational title game on Saturday night. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)