The Richmond Spartans spent the first half of their game Thursday night trying to pull away from the visiting St. Mary’s Trojans. Thanks to a dominating third quarter, Richmond was able to turn a 2-point halftime lead into a 50-38 victory in a tune-up for tonight’s MRVC East battle with visiting Higginsville.
The Spartans, now 8-5 for the season, held a slim 16-14 lead at the half despite holding a 7-point advantage twice in the first two periods. Richmond gained control of the game after the break as Blaine Broderick bombed away for four 3-point buckets and Kyle Carroll added another in the third quarter. Three of Broderick’s treys came on consecutive Richmond possessions as the Spartans outscored the Trojans 23-6 to take a 39-20 cushion into the final 8 minutes.
St. Mary’s opened the fourth quarter with 7 unanswered points, but the Trojans, now 6-8, could not pull any closer than the final 12-point margin.
Broderick ended the night with a game-high 17 points with 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Brett Scassellati led St. Mary’s with 12 points. Lucas Hook played well inside for Richmond. The 6-2 sophomore scored 11 points while grabbing 7 rebounds.
Hook came up big for the Richmond offense in the second quarter. The Spartans scored the first 7 points of the night, but held just a 9-7 lead after the opening period. Hook hit a pair of field goals and a pair of free throws for Richmond’s only points in the second quarter as the Spartans increased their lead to 16-9, but the Trojans scored the final 5 points over the remaining 3:04 of the half.
Broderick then opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer, followed by Robert Brewer’s dunk on a breakaway and the Spartan offense began to click.
Brewer added 8 points for Richmond with 4 rebounds, while Carroll added 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals for his game totals. Also scoring for Richmond were Caleb Benhardt with 4 points, while Da’Ron Jenkins added 3 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Cody Gorham with 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
The Richmond junior varsity held off the Trojans 39-36. Cody Horton scored 11 points for the Spartan JV, with Trent Dial and Zach McGill adding 9 apiece. McGill scored all of his points outside the 3-point arc. Damon Goodall scored 4 for Richmond, with Kyle Cox chipping in 2.
The Spartans led at the end of each frame, 9-5, 20-12 and 31-23.
Photo: Richmond’s Lucas Hook grabs one of his 7 rebounds to help the Spartans to a 12-point win over visiting St. Mary’s Thursday night. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)