By Russ Green-Sports Editor
In a defensive struggle, it was the Knob Noster Panthers the team that was able to muster up just enough offense to get past the visiting Richmond Spartans Tuesday night. It was the MRVC East opener for both schools with the Panthers improving to 6-0 following a 39-27 victory over Richmond.
The Spartans fell to 4-2 for the season after shooting just 3 for 19 outside the 3-point arc. Richmond made 6 of 15 shots inside the arc, but also made just half of its 12 attempts from the free throw line.
The defensive tone was set early after Knob Noster’s David Barton opened the game with a basket from inside the lane, followed by Reid Summers’ 3-pointer just 30 seconds later. However, the remaining 6:17 of the first period was scoreless. Both teams traded baskets as the second period began with the Spartans grabbing a 9-8 lead. Quinton Maxwell hit one of his two free throws after the Panthers’ 6-8 center Barton was whistled for his third foul with 4:41 remaining in the half to give Richmond the lead.
Knob Noster responded with a 3-pointer by Brett Marsh, who ended the game scoring a game-high 16 points, to begin a 9-2 run over the final minutes of the half to give the home team a 17-11 lead at the break. Marsh hit four 3-point buckets for the game and began the second half with another to help the Panthers open the third with an 8-0 run.