By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Although the offense didn’t perform up to standards, the Richmond Spartans got plenty of defense Friday night to win their fourth MRVC East contest in five tries. The Spartans held visiting Holden to just 12 points over the final 16 minutes in a 49-40 win over the Eagles in the RHS gym.
Richmond also sealed its 14th win in 20 games overall by converting 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter. Holden, now 1-4 in the league and 8-11 overall, was led by Matt Borgen with 18 points and Sam Lairson with 11. However, Borgen was held to 3 points in the second half, while Lairson managed just 2 second-half points.
Those two Eagles were key in boosting the visitors to a 28-23 lead at the half. In the second half, the Spartans held Holden without a score until Jordan Sullins hit a short baseline jumper with 1:11 remaining in the third period. By then, the Richmond offense began to chip away at the deficit.
An old-fashioned 3-point play by Reid Summers, who ended the night with 17 points, pulled Richmond even at 28-all with 3:47 left in the third quarter. Tevin Robinson’s only basket of the night – a 3-pointer – less than a minute later gave Richmond the lead for good.
Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said it was a complete team effort.
“We had to dig deep and grind out a game when we weren’t clicking very well on offense,” Bastob said. “We held a very good team to 12 points in the second half. We got huge defensive efforts from Andrew Nolker and Jimmy Hamm. Our bigs, Quinton Maxwell, John Landwehr and Derek Rickart, also played great in the second half and showed up large for the team.”