By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said his Spartans were outplayed in the paint Friday night as they dropped a 53-42 decision to Maryville in the NCMC Holiday Classic. The loss snapped Richmond’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Spartans to 7-3 heading into their second game at Trenton Saturday afternoon.
After pulling away from Richmond Friday night, the Spoofhounds fell to Kirksville Saturday and take an 8-3 record into the Holiday break.
The Hounds were led by Tyler Kenkel with 13 points, while Jonathan Baker added 12. Reid Summers hit 6 of 15 3-point attempts on his way to scoring a game-high 19 points for the Spartans, with Lendarrius Pritchett converting 3 of 5 3-point tries for 11 points. Richmond was 15 for 38 from the field, including 6 of 17 inside the arc. The Spartans ended the evening with 19 rebounds – only 3 of those were on the offensive glass.
“I think we need to value possessions more on both ends of the floor to beat a team as tough as Maryville,” Bastob said. “We also need to convert our chances in the paint to keep teams from playing out at the 3-point arc so much. Tevin (Robinson) played outstanding defense on their point guard and Reid competed hard the whole game.”
Three-pointers by Summers and Pritchett helped the Spartans jump out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter. Following a Maryville timeout with 2:22 remaining in the opening period, the Spoofhounds responded with the final 9 points of the quarter and began the second frame with a layup by Baker after a Spartan turnover.
The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 Richmond News.