By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans were denied their second consecutive Hamilton Invitational title, and fifth overall, by a determined Gallatin Bulldogs team Saturday night. Both squads battled through regulation before Gallatin pulled out a 78-75 victory in overtime. The same Bulldog team that had been thumped just a couple of weeks earlier by the Spartans, 61-35, in the third-place game at the Lawson Invitational had an answer each time Richmond tried to pull away Saturday.
The Spartans, now 12-6, had trouble containing 6-3 senior Dexter Daniel, who poured in a game-high 36 points for the 15-6 Bulldogs.
Daniel, who was named the tournament MVP, roamed the paint and each time Richmond tried to open up some breathing room, Gallatin would rely on its big guy to get them back in the game. Although he only had 4 points in the fourth quarter, he scored 7 of the Bulldogs’ 9 points in overtime. Reid Summers paced Richmond, not only Saturday night, but the entire week. The Spartan junior shattered the tournament record for 3-point shooting.
He knocked down a tournament-record nine treys in the opener Monday night and ended the week with 21 3-point buckets to erase the old mark of 12 that he set last year and shared with Maysville’s Kevin Eulinger. Summers ended the week with 90 points to break the old record of 88 points held by Phillip Scott of Hamilton set in 1995.
Things began well for Richmond Saturday as the Spartans grabbed a 20-12 lead after the opening period. The Bulldogs kept Richmond in range throughout the second frame. The Spartans opened a 10-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the half, before Gallatin cut it to a 36-29 Richmond lead at the intermission.