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Spartans work overtime to get payback on Oak Grove

Spartan junior Reid Summers (23) gets around Oak Grove’s Tanner Kanak (24) in Richmond’s home game Friday night with the Panthers. Richmond improved to 6-2 for the season with a 62-55 win in overtime to avenge an earlier loss to the Panthers. (Photo by Russ Green/The Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Richmond Coach Duane Bastob described his team’s win Friday night over visiting Oak Grove, a battle for survival. The Spartans gained some measure of revenge for a 15-point loss to the Panthers earlier this season by grabbing a 62-55 overtime victory Friday night at the RHS gym. Richmond’s win came one day after gaining a 63-47 MRVC East road victory at Holden.

The Spartans led throughout most of the evening against Oak Grove, but each time Richmond would try to increase its lead, the Panthers (5-2) would fight back. Richmond led by 5 points with 2:33 left in regulation and had a 47-44 lead with 44 seconds remaining. However, a Richmond turnover on an inbounds pass with 28 seconds left gave the Panthers one last shot and senior guard Jordan Douglas responded with a 3-point bucket with 9 seconds left on the clock.

The Spartans could not get a good look at the basket on their final possession, so the regulation ended with a 47-47 deadlock. Reid Summers began the overtime with a 3-pointer and Richmond would not trail again. The Spartans pulled away in the bonus time by hitting 12 of 14 free throws with Tevin Robinson and Summers both going 4 for 4.

 The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 Richmond News.

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