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After having the offense hit on all cylinders in their first game, the Spartans hit a wall and a tough Dragon squad at Cameron Friday night.
Blaine Broderick provided most of the offense with his outside shooting in the first half, but hit just one trey in the second half as Richmond dropped to 1-1 for the season with a 48-28 loss.
Richmond struggled with its inside game all evening against a very aggressive Cameron defense, and then could not find the range from outside down the stretch with just four field goals over the final two periods. The Spartans missed their final nine shots from the field.
“We couldn’t sustain consistent offense for the game,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said. “We need to work on our shot selection to give us a better chance for success.”
Broderick continued to pull closer to the RHS career 3-point mark as the senior guard knocked down five shots from outside the arc. Broderick provided all of Richmond’s points as the Spartans held a 9-8 first quarter lead.
Cameron opened the second period with a 12-2 run to regain the advantage for good. Robert Brewer then found room inside for his first bucket to stop the Dragon run, but Cameron then answered with the next 7 points.
Lucas Hook stopped the run with a bucket and then Broderick ended the half with a 35-footer at the buzzer to pull the Spartans to within 9 points, 27-18. The second half was all Cameron after Richmond scored the first 5 points to cut the deficit to 4 points.
Dakoda Phillips then hit one of his three 3-point buckets as the Dragons closed out the frame with a 12-2 run and took control of the night.
Phillips ended the night with a game-high 20 points, and Aaron Gould was also in double figures with 10 points for the Dragons in their season opener.
Brewer ended the night with 6 points for Richmond, with Da’Ron Jenkins adding 3 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Lucas Hook and Kyle Carroll hit for 2 apiece, with Carroll grabbing 4 rebounds with 2 assists and a steal.
Caleb Benhardt hit the boards for a team-high 5 rebounds to go along with a pair of assists.
The Spartans are the top seed at this week’s Husker Classic in Higginsville and open play Tuesday against Brookfield at 6 p.m.
The Richmond junior varsity fell to 1-1 for the season after coming up short, 32-24.
The Dragons led 10-9 after one quarter, but the Spartans grabbed a 19-17 advantage at the break.
Cameron outscored Richmond 15-5 in the second half. Zach McGill scored a game-high 11 for the Spartans, with Trent Dial adding 9.
Damon Goodall and Nathan Sickle added 2 each.
PHOTO: Richmond guard Blaine Broderick (22) tries the inside for the Spartans in Friday night’s loss at Cameron. Broderick hit five 3-point baskets on his way to scoring a team-high 15 points. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)