It was an exciting way to open MRVC East play Tuesday night.
Da’Ron Jenkins knocked down a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer to give the Richmond Spartans a 61-59 overtime road victory over Lexington. It was Richmond’s second victory over the Minutemen in the last two weeks and moved the Spartans to 7-5 overall, while knocking Lexington to 8-4.
Robert Brewer, who hit for 29 points in Richmond’s win over Lexington in last week’s Lawson Invitational, was once again a force inside. The 6-6 junior scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Adding outside help for the Spartans were Kyle Carroll with 18 points and 6 rebounds to go along with 3 assists, and Blaine Broderick with 13 points and 4 steals.
Lexington had four players in double figures with Jake Kuallen’s 18 leading the way, followed by Josh Kaullen with 12, and Andrew Stevenson and Matt Ritchie adding10 each. Stevenson also had 10 boards for the Minutemen.
Jenkins’ bucket prevented Lexington from coming back as they had all evening. Richmond jumped out to a 7-0 lead, only to hold on for a 13-10 advantage after the first period. The teams battled to a 21-21 draw at halftime, with both offenses hitting their stride in the third quarter.
The Spartans took a 41-37 lead into the final 8 minutes, following a third period with three ties and four lead changes.
Richmond built a 7-point lead in the fourth quarter and led by 4 with less than a minute remaining before the Minutemen erased the deficit and sent the game into overtime tied at 53-53. Richmond grabbed a 2-point lead twice in the overtime, but each time Lexington came back to even up the game with Seth Smith knotting the contest at 59-59 with 14 seconds remaining. Jenkins then hit the game winner to nail down the victory.
Jenkins ended the night with 7 points and 6 rebounds, with Caleb Benhardt adding 3 points and 8 rebounds. Cody Gorham chipped in 3 for the Spartans.