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The Richmond Spartans controlled the inside and the outside Friday night in a 77-48 MRVC East road victory over the Carrollton Trojans.
Taking care of the outside attack was Blaine Broderick. The junior guard broke the school record by hitting nine 3-point buckets as he scored a game-high 29 points. The Spartans ended the night by draining a season-high 16 3-pointers. The inside was dominated by senior Jon Vance, who in addition to his 9 points, hit the boards to grab 15 rebounds, while coming up with 7 steals.
The Richmond victory keeps the Spartans in the hunt in the MRVC East with a 6-2 record, while improving to 17-6 overall. Carrollton falls to 1-7 in conference and 8-14 overall.
Jordan Smith had his best game of the year, according to Spartan Coach Duane Bastob, as he scored 6 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 steals.
Richmond scored the first 18 points of the game as the visitors raced to a 20-2 cushion heading into the second period. Broderick hit his first 3-pointer in the opening quarter and then added three more in the second as the Spartans took a 35-20 lead at the intermission. Carrollton made a slight run as the third quarter began, but Broderick quickly knocked down three more 3-pointers and the Trojans never got closer than 12 points the rest of the night.
The Spartans took a 62-31 cushion into the final 8 minutes, and Broderick added his final pair of long-range buckets to tie and then set the new RHS mark.
Jacob Swope hit three outside the arc on his way to a 9-point night, while also dishing out a team-high 6 assists. Trey Folvarcik added a pair of 3-pointers as he ended the game with 6 points. Kyle Carroll and D’Andre Williams also connected on a 3-pointer for the Spartans. Carroll had 5 points and a pair of steals, with Williams grabbing 5 rebounds and 4 steals.
James Vance added 6 points to the Richmond total with 5 rebound and 5 steals. Kyle Ash and Tommy Gamble added 2 points each to the Spartan attack.
Jason Mayden led Carrollton with 13 points.
PHOTO: Spartan senior Jon Vance (21) goes up for a rebound in Friday night’s game in Carrollton. Vance had 15 rebounds, as Richmond kept its conference title hopes alive. (Photo by Colby Gordon/Carrollton Democrat)