By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans shook off a sluggish first half Friday night and came back with a 64-50 Courtwarming victory over Lexington in the RHS gym. The win was Richmond’s 17th of the season in 23 games and more importantly sets up a showdown Tuesday night at home with the Higginsville Huskers in a meeting of 7-1 teams in the MRVC East.
While the offense struggled to find its way, the defense had a good night, Spartan Coach Duane Bastob said.
“We didn’t shoot the ball as well as we normally do,” he said. “But we played strong on the defensive end through three quarters and that was good enough for the win.”
Bastob said a lot of Spartans chipped in for the victory.
“Alex Nolker came off the bench and supplied some needed offense in the first half, while Dee Pritchett got hot late and dominated the second-half scoring,” he said. “Derek Rickart was a big help inside, too.”
Nolker scored 7 of his 8 points in the first half. Pritchett was blanked in the first quarter, but finished strong, especially in the third quarter, where he posted 13 of his game-high 30 points.
Lexington’s 3-point shooting kept the Minutemen within shouting distance throughout the night. Trey Ashley hit three buckets outside the arc on his way to a team-high 13 points, with Jevron Williams hitting a pair of 3-pointers as he scored 11 points. Corbin Conley also hit a pair of 3-pointers and Tyler Ellison added on for Lexington which falls to 4-18 overall and 1-7 in league play.