By Russ Green-Sports Editor
It was a tough night for the Richmond Spartan defense trying to stop the quick moving, weaving offense of the visiting Cameron Dragons Friday at the RHS gym. The Dragons dropped the Spartans to 1-1 for the season with a 65-51 victory.
The Dragons continually found teammates under the basket, especially Tyler Roberts, who scored a game-high and career-high 28 points.
While the Dragon offense clicked, the Cameron defense clamped down on Richmond. The Dragons smothered Richmond junior Reid Summers and allowed him just 10 points – 8 of those in the first half on a pair of 3-point buckets. Lendarrius Pritchett picked up the scoring pace for the Spartans with 26 points with 4 buckets coming outside the arc.
Cameron grabbed a 17-14 lead after one period with Roberts accounting for 10 of those points in the paint. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Tevin Robinson and Summers sparked a 10-2 Richmond run to open the second quarter and give the Spartans a 24-19 lead. However, Cameron countered with a 16-3 run, including the final 9 points of the half to take a 35-27 lead. The Spartans never recovered and were not able to close the gap.
Roberts added 10 of his night’s total in the decisive second quarter.
Cameron outscored the Spartans 13-12 in the third quarter and closed out the night with a 17-12 advantage in the final 8 minutes. Luke Hunter added 17 points for the Dragons, who improve to 2-0, while Carter Morrison also reached double digits with 10 – 7 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
Richmond made just 5 trips to the free throw line and hit 3, while Cameron converted 10 of its 11 attempts, including all 8 in the final period.