Odessa reeled off the final 11 points of the game Thursday night as the No. 4 seeded Bulldogs upset top-seeded Richmond 52-45 in the semifinals of the Husker Classic at Higginsville.
The Spartans got 22 points from Kyle Carroll, but the rest of the offense sputtered as Richmond falls to 2-2 for the season and into this evening’s third-place game at 7:30.
“It was a game of runs,” Spartan Coach Duane Bastob said. “We turned the ball over too much to defeat any good team. Odessa also dominated the glass and hustled their way to the win.”
Odessa, now 3-1, jumped out to a 12-6 first quarter lead, but Carroll found the scoring touch with three of his six 3-pointers in the second period to help the Spartans outscore the Bulldogs 18-5.
The Richmond surge carried the Spartans to a 24-17 lead at the half, but the Odessa offense came alive in the third period as the Bulldogs posted 24 points on the way to taking a 41-37 cushion into the final 8 minutes.
Tommy Hotmer led the Bulldog charge in the third quarter with two of his three treys as he scored 9 of his 14 points. Seth Martinko put 7 of his 12 points on the board in the third period for Odessa.
Richmond also got 5 points each from Cody Gorham, Robert Brewer, Blaine Broderick and Lucas Hook, while De’Ron Jenkins added 3. Hook and Jenkins grabbed 5 rebounds apiece for the Spartans with Carroll hitting the boards for 3, with Broderick, Brewer and Caleb Benhardt grabbing 2 each.
Jenkins also dished out a team-high 5 assists, with Broderick credited with 4 assists and 3 steals, while Carroll also had 3 assists for his evening.
Odessa also held the edge at the free throw line as the Bulldogs connected on 10 of 16 attempts, while the Spartans managed just 5 of 13 from the stripe.