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It took the Richmond Spartans about a half to get warmed up Tuesday night in their season opener at Plattsburg.
But once they did, the Spartans relied on the deadly combination of inside and outside that led to a 70-52 victory over the Tigers.
Despite missing 14 of 32 minutes due to foul trouble, Robert Brewer provided the inside muscle for the Spartans with a double-double as he hit for 20 points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Providing the outside scoring touch was senior guard Blaine Broderick with a game-high 30 points, including eight 3-point buckets.
“Blaine caught fire in the third quarter against the 1-3-1 trap,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said.
Broderick hit half of his treys in the third quarter as Richmond pushed a 30-25 halftime lead into a 52-33 cushion heading into the final 8 minutes.
The Spartans then used the free throw line to keep the Tigers from closing the gap. Richmond converted all 11 attempts in the fourth quarter and ended the night making 14 of 16 from the stripe.
Brewer hit 8 of 10 from the line for the game. The Tigers visited the line 13 times and connected on 5 attempts.
Kyle Carroll was the third Spartan to reach double figures with 10 points to go along with his team-high 7 assists. The sophomore guard also hit a pair of 3-point buckets, while grabbing 4 rebounds.
Cody Gorham had 6 points with a half-dozen rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals. Lucas Hook added 4 points and 4 rebounds for Richmond.
Caleb Benhardt dished out 4 assists with 3 rebounds and 2 steals for the Spartans.
Kodi Mozingo led the Plattsburg scoring with 18 points, followed by Austin Reeves with 15 and Michael Wright with 14.
Richmond held a 12-9 lead after one quarter and outscored the home team 18-16 in the second period.
The Spartans held a 22-8 edge in the decisive third period, before the Tigers held a 19-18 advantage in the final 8 minutes.
The Spartans face a tough road game on Friday as they travel to Cameron to battle the Dragons.