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Spartans shake off semifinal loss with third-place rout

Lendarrius Pritchett chases down a ball in the corner for the Richmond Spartans in the third-place game of the Lawson Tournament. Pritchett followed Thursday’s 30-point night with 23 more in Saturday’s 61-35 win over Gallatin. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Lendarrius Pritchett chases down a ball in the corner for the Richmond Spartans in the third-place game of the Lawson Tournament. Pritchett followed Thursday’s 30-point night with 23 more in Saturday’s 61-35 win over Gallatin. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

For the second year in a row, the Richmond Spartans bounced back from a disappointing semifinal loss with a run-away victory in the following outing to take third place at the 19th Annual Lawson Invitational.

Thursday night, the Spartans dug an early hole they were not able to crawl out of in a 62-51 loss to the host Cardinals in the semifinal matchup. Saturday, the Spartans had very little trouble in dropping Gallatin 61-35 to send the Bulldogs to only their third loss in 14 games.

Junior guard Lendarrius Pritchett capped a solid week for the Spartans with a game-high 23 points Saturday as he hit 7 of his 12 3-point attempts. That performance followed Thursday’s showing where he hit 6 of his 8 tries outside the arc on his way to racking up a game-high 30 points.

The Spartans began Saturday’s meeting with Gallatin by hitting back-to-back treys to bolt to an early lead. The Bulldogs answered with 5 points, but the Spartans regained their scoring touch to take an 11-7 lead into the second period. Pritchett knocked down a couple of treys in the second quarter as the Spartans began the period with a 10-3 run on the way to building a 30-17 lead at the intermission. The Spartans picked up where they left off as the third quarter opened. Richmond posted the first 8 points of the period as the Spartans began the half with a 13-2 run to take control of the game.

The Spartans held a 46-26 advantage heading into the final 8 minutes where they outscored Gallatin 15-9.

The complete story is in the Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 Richmond News.

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