A last-second 3-point attempt was a little long, and a comeback effort by the Richmond Spartans fell a little short Monday night at Smithville. The Spartans nearly made up an 18-point deficit in their makeup game with the Warriors, but dropped a 63-60 decision and had their four-game winning streak snapped.
Dillon Deck led the Smithville scoring with 26 points as the Warriors improved to 6-7. Jon Vance had another solid game for the 7-4 Spartans with a game-high 27 points while hitting the boards to pull down 10 rebounds.
Smithville held a 17-12 lead after the opening 8 minutes, and added 17 more in the second period while holding Richmond to three field goals and a pair of free throws. The Warrior lead grew to 18 points in the third quarter before the Spartans battled back to cut the deficit to 49-36 entering the fourth period.
Richmond eventually chopped away at the Smithville lead and pulled to within one possession in the final minute of play, but a 3-point attempt failed on the final Spartan field goal attempt of the night.
Vance scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter as Richmond posted 24 points during its comeback attempt. The Spartans also hit 7 of 9 free throw attempts in the final period, but Smithville also found success at the stripe by hitting 11 of 18 in the fourth frame.
Also scoring for Richmond were Jacob Swope with 7 and James Vance with 6. Vance also grabbed 4 rebounds and had 4 steals defensively. Trey Folvarcik and D’Andre Williams added 5 points each, followed by Kyle Carroll with 4 points and a pair of assists, Kyle Ash with 3 points and 3 rebounds, Blaine Broderick with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists, with Robert Brewer adding a free throw and a pair of steals.
Luke Scheidecker also reached double figures for Smithville with 13 points.
The Spartans return to MRVC East play tonight when they host Lexington.