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While a few members of the Higginsville Huskers battled the flu bug, the Richmond Spartans battled the turnover bug Friday night in an MRVC East battle on the Huskers home court. Higginsville turned almost every Richmond miscue into a basket as the Huskers slammed the Spartans 66-49.
The Huskers are now 2-0 in the conference and 11-3 overall, while Richmond slips to 1-1 and 8-5.
The scoring combination of Brady Tieman and DeShawn Thirkield once again proved too much for Richmond. Tieman found plenty of room under the basket as he hit for a game-high 21 points, while Thirkield added 19 points in addition to his outstanding defensive play. Lance Kays was the third Husker in double figures with 16 points.
Jacob Swope provided most of the Richmond scoring effort with 16 points, while Blaine Broderick added 9, and James Vance hit for 7. Swope hit four from outside the 3-point arc, while Broderick added three, with freshman Kyle Carroll knocking down two – including a controversial one at the end of the first period. Officials ruled that Carroll’s shot from 25 feet came just before the buzzer sounded, giving Richmond a 17-12 lead. Both officials discussed the situation and ruled the shot was good – much to the displeasure of the Husker bench.
However, things would quickly go downhill for the Spartans afterwards. With Richmond holding a 20-15 lead, Higginsville took advantage of the mounting number of turnovers by the visitors and went on a 13-0 run that was finally ended by Broderick’s 3-pointer with 2 minutes remaining in the half. The Husker surge helped the home team to a 30-23 lead at the half. Richmond turned the ball over on its first three possessions of the second half, which was a sign of things to come.
The Spartans committed 14 turnovers in the third quarter as Higginsville built a 47-32 lead entering the final period. Richmond did a better job of protecting the ball in the fourth quarter, but could pull no closer than 12 points.