Holden’s game plan Friday night at Richmond was to keep the Spartans from slashing inside the defense for easy baskets.
That plan worked for a while until Richmond found the outside shooting touch and responded with 15 3-point buckets on the way to a 75-53 MRVC East victory over the Eagles.
Jacob Swope led the way with a school record-tying eight 3-pointers, while Blaine Broderick knocked down another five. Swope’s 26 points and Broderick’s 17, pushed Richmond to 3-1 in the league and 13-5 overall, while Holden drops to 1-3 in the conference and 7-6 overall.
The Eagle defensive plan was working in the opening period that was tied 13-13.
While Richmond had trouble penetrating, the Spartan scoring came from a pair of Swope 3-pointers and one from Broderick.
Richmond scored the first 5 points of the second quarter to take the lead for good, but the Eagles were able to tie the game 20-20 with 2:30 left in the half. Swope’s third 3-pointer of the night 30 seconds later gave the Spartans a 23-20 halftime lead.
A pair of Swope treys got Richmond started on a 29-point scoring barrage in the third period as the Spartans began to take control.
Richmond built a 13-point lead halfway through the quarter, and closed out the period with a 12-3 run to take a 52-33 cushion into the final 8 minutes. The Spartans then opened the fourth quarter with an 11-4 scoring edge to seal the victory.
Also scoring for Richmond were Jon Vance with 9, to go along with 5 rebounds, and D’Andre Williams with 6 points and 4 boards. Robert Brewer added 5 points and a team-high 8 rebounds with James Vance also scoring 5 points.
Richmond Coach Duane Bastob added that, in addition to their offense, Williams and Brewer played very well on the defensive end of the court for the Spartans.
Kyle Carroll and Tommy Gamble added one 3-point bucket apiece, and Trey Folvarcik had a free throw to wrap up the Spartan scoring total.
Trevor Yancey led the Holden scoring with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Bryce Evans hit for a dozen points, and Devon Binkley added 11.
The Spartans face a big road test Tuesday at Knob Noster. Both teams will take a 3-1 league record into the contest as they try to keep pace with league-leading Higginsville.
The Huskers improved to 4-0 in the MRVC East following Friday’s 55-41 win over the Panthers.
PHOTO: Richmond senior Jacob Swope tied a school record Friday night by hitting eight 3-pointers in the Spartans’ 75-53 win over visiting Holden. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)