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For the second time in three weeks, the Richmond Spartans and Hamilton Hornets met in a tournament championship game. The Hornets were looking to avenge a 61-52 loss to the Spartans in the finals of the Lawson Tournament, and were also hoping the home court advantage at their own tournament could help them.
Just like the earlier meeting, the Spartans played outstanding defense and got balanced scoring in a 65-58 victory.
It was Richmond’s third Hamilton Tournament championship in the past five years as the Spartans improve to 11-5 overall.
The Spartans had three players reach double figures with Blaine Broderick leading the way with 15 points, followed by Robert Brewer with 14 and Jon Vance with a dozen. Vance also led the way on the boards with 9 rebounds, while Broderick and Brewer grabbed 6 apiece. James Vance, who was named the tournament MVP, scored just 5 points, but hit the boards for a half dozen rebounds.
Jacob Swope and Broderick hit for three 3-point buckets each, with Swope ending the night with 9 points. Kyle Carroll and Trey Folvarcik hit one 3-pointer apiece, with D’Andre Williams scoring 2 points with a rebound. Jordan Smith scored 2 points and had 4 rebounds.
The 12-3 Hornets were led by Keagan Prather with 13 points and Joe Pickrell with 11.
Hamilton grabbed the early momentum with a 19-17 lead after one quarter, but then the Spartan defense clamped down and limited the Hornets to a pair of Dylan Chadwick 3-point buckets and a field goal from Brandon Henry in the second period.
Meanwhile the Richmond offense was getting production from four different Spartans as top-seeded Richmond took a 32-27 lead at the break.
The Richmond offense went long distance in the third quarter as Broderick hit a pair of 3-point buckets while Swope added one more. The Spartans took a 46-37 lead into the final period and kept their lead by hitting 11 of 16 free throws in the fourth frame. Swope added his final two 3-pointers in that final quarter.
Photo: Richmond sophomore Robert Brewer goes up for two of his 14 points in Saturday’s Hamilton tournament championship game. (Photo by Heath Harper/Chillicothe Constitution/Tribune.)