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It started out as what appeared to be a walk in the park Tuesday night as Richmond hosted Holden in the home finale for the Spartans. Richmond jumped out to an 18-4 lead, but in the end was forced to make its free throws to hold off the Eagles 48-37.
Richmond scored its final 10 points of the night from the charity stripe to improve to 7-2 in the MRVC East with one game remaining at Knob Noster Friday night.
The Spartans are 16-8 overall, while Holden drops to 2-7 in the league and 4-19 overall.
After its opening salvo, the Richmond offense hit a lull. The Spartans’ lone senior being honored on senior night, Blaine Broderick, hit the only 3-pointer for Richmond just 2 minutes into the game, and the inside attack struggled when Robert Brewer got into early foul trouble.
Richmond Coach Duane Bastob was glad to see sophomore Lucas Hook step in offensively with 15 points.
“We are a different team when Robert is on the floor, so luckily he fought through his foul problems to lead us to victory inside,” he said. “Lucas Hook filled in for Robert and was an offensive presence. Kyle (Carroll) and Blaine were their usual selves, except they weren’t as hot as normal from the arc.”
While the offense struggled, the defense continued to hold the Eagles in check through most of the game.
PHOTO: Blaine Broderick scored 10 points in his final home game for the Richmond Spartans in a 48-37 victory over Holden Tuesday night. (Photo by Russ Green/The Daily News.)
The full story is in the Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 edition of The Daily News.