The Richmond Spartans quickly shook off their Friday night performance at Higginsville with a dominating win Monday night in the first round of the Hamilton Tournament. The top-seeded Spartans thumped winless Lathrop 68-37 to advance to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal contest.
“Everyone played great defense and the perimeter game woke up from its slumber,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said.
The Spartans connected on eight 3-point buckets for the evening.
James Vance slashed his way to the basket as he recorded a game-high 17 points for the 9-5 Spartans. He scored 9 of those in the opening period, while his brother Jon added 8 of his 12 points as Richmond jumped out to a 25-4 lead.
Richmond increased its lead to 39-17 at the half, and took a 60-26 cushion into the final 8 minutes.
Blaine Broderick hit one 3-pointer as he ended the night with 9 points. Jacob Swope and Trey Folvarcik each hit a pair of 3-pointers for the Spartans, while Robert Brewer also added 6 points. Also scoring for Richmond were D’Andre Williams with 5, including a 3-pointer, followed by Ty Tweedie with 3 points, and D’Vante Lewis and Jordan Smith with 2 apiece.
Matt Wren hit for 15 points to lead the 0-13 Mules.
Williams grabbed 5 rebounds to lead the Spartans on the boards, with James Vance and Broderick picking up 4 each, and Swope grabbed 3 more.
The Spartans hit half of their 8 free throws for the night, while Lathrop made 2 of 6 from the stripe.