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Things are falling into place for the Richmond Spartans in the MRVC East basketball race. The Spartans took care of their end of the business Tuesday night with a 76-63 win at Holden.
Meanwhile, Knob Noster was winning a 62-57 overtime game at Higginsville to take over the top spot in the league race with an 8-1 record, with the Huskers and Spartans a game back at 7-2.
All three teams wrap up the regular season Thursday night with Higginsville visiting Lexington, and Richmond hosting Knob Noster with the possibility of a the league race ending up in a three-way tie.
The Spartans improved to 18-6 overall Tuesday evening with their second victory over the Eagles this season.
After bombing away for 15 3-point baskets in a 75-53 victory at home over Holden in the first meeting two weeks ago, the Spartans went a shorter route Tuesday night.
Richmond hit 21 of 29 free throws for the game with most of those in the second half as the Spartans held off the Eagles.
Richmond grabbed a 21-12 lead in the first period as Blaine Broderick picked up where he left off Friday night at Carrollton. The junior guard knocked down a pair of 3-point buckets in the opening frame after setting a school mark for treys one game earlier.
Jacob Swope, who hit eight outside the arc in the first meeting with Holden, added another 3-pointer in the first quarter.
The Spartans opened up a 44-26 advantage after one half, and then spent most of the second half holding off Holden.
Each team scored 18 in the third quarter, and the Eagles held a 19-14 advantage in the final 8 minutes.
Richmond’s free throw shooting over the final two periods kept the Eagles at a safe distance. The Spartans made 5 of 6 free throws in the third quarter and followed that up by hitting 9 of 15 from the stripe in the fourth period.
The Eagles ended the night converting 19 of their 27 free throws, and were 7 of 9 in the third quarter and 5 of 7 from the line in the final period.
Broderick hit 7 of his 8 attempts in the final quarter on his way to a 20-point night. He ended the night with three 3-pointers.
Jon Vance followed with 15 points with James Vance and Swope each adding 10 points to the Spartan victory.
Also scoring for Richmond were D’Andre Williams with 7, Jordan Smith with 5, Kyle Ash with 4, Kyle Carroll with a 3-pointer, and Robert Brewer with 2.
Trevor Yancey led the Eagles, now 3-6 and 11-10, with 23 points, followed by Bryce Evans with 14, and Zak Anstine with 11.