By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartan offense woke up just in time Tuesday night in the first round of the 19th Annual Lawson Invitational. After struggling for most of the night, the No. 2-seeded Spartans found their offense down the stretch to get past defending tournament champion Carrollton 48-35.
Richmond shot 47 percent from the field, but had only 36 shots at the basket. However, while the offense was struggling, the Spartan defense did its part to help Richmond improve to 9-3 for the season and a date with third-seeded Lawson Thursday at 9 p.m.
“We played outstanding defense, especially in the post stopping their big gun,” RHS Coach Duane Bastob said. “Quinton Maxwell played his best defensive game of the year and John Landwehr came off the bench and gave us some good minutes, too.”
Richmond held Carrollton’s Brandon Eschenbach to 12 points and he was the only Trojan to reach double figures.
The Spartan offense found its stride in the fourth period and outscored Carrollton 22-10. Carrollton held an 11-8 lead after one quarter, but the Richmond defense clamped down and held the Trojans to just one field goal and that didn’t come until Luke Wozny got loose underneath with 2 seconds remaining. Richmond held a 17-13 lead at the break.