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The first taste of home cooking appeared to be just fine for the Richmond Spartans Thursday night. Richmond jumped out to an early lead as they hosted Smithville in the Spartans’ first game in the RHS gym this season, but then the rest of the night belonged to the visiting Warriors as they spoiled the evening with a 56-43 victory.
The Spartans, now 2-4, controlled the early portion by jumping out to a 16-6 lead midway through the opening period. Smithville coach Chad Jones called a timeout and reminded his team to get the ball inside to 6-7 junior Dillon Deck. Richmond, missing 6-6 Robert Brewer for the night, had no one in the paint to challenge the Warrior big man. Smithville continued to feed the ball to Deck on the blocks and he responded with 35 points – just 2 points shy of setting a single-game school scoring record.
Following the Smithville timeout, Deck scored 8 points as the visitors cut the deficit to 21-17 heading into the second quarter. Deck had just 4 points in the second frame, but the Richmond offense began to misfire and could not pull away. The Spartans took a 26-24 cushion into the half.
The second half belonged to Deck and the Warriors, who improved to 2-3 for the season. It was Deck’s bucket down low with 3:30 remaining in the third period that gave Smithville the lead for good at 32-30. The Warriors took a 40-35 lead into the final 8 minutes, and Deck finished off the Spartans with 12 points in the period as he accounted for the only scoring from the field, while Jake Butterworth and Andrew Townsend combined to go 4 for 4 from the free throw line.
After Richmond’s 21-point first quarter, the Spartans could not reach double-digit scoring over the remaining three periods – and hit just five field goals in the second half.
Blaine Broderick scored a team-high 13 for Richmond, to go along with 4 steals. Cody Gorham knocked down a pair of 3-point buckets on his way to a 9-point night – all of those coming in the first period. Also scoring for Richmond were Kyle Carroll and Da’Ron Jenkins with 8 apiece, and Caleb Benhardt with 5. Benhardt and Trent Dial grabbed 4 rebounds each. Jenkins and Benhardt had 2 rebounds apiece.
Smithville won the junior varsity game 45-20. Zach McGill led Richmond scoring with 6, followed by Nathan Sickle with 5 and Trent Dial with 3. Cody Horton, Damon Goodall and Kyle Cox added 2 each.
Richmond will play Chillicothe Dec. 29 in the NCMC Holiday Hoops Shootout in Trenton.
PHOTO: Cody Gorham (25) had the hot hand for Richmond early as he scored 9 points in the first period of the Spartans’ home opening loss to Smithville. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)