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RHS nabs third at Husker Classic

Richmond senior Jake Gray gets set up to shoot one of his two 3-point buckets in the first quarter of Saturday’s third-place game of the Husker Classic. Gray had three buckets outside the arc as the Spartans stopped Oak Grove 49-40. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Richmond senior Jake Gray gets set up to shoot one of his two 3-point buckets in the first quarter of Saturday’s third-place game of the Husker Classic. Gray had three buckets outside the arc as the Spartans stopped Oak Grove 49-40. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Spartans bounced back from a disappointing outing against Odessa a few nights earlier to capture their third straight third-place finish at the Husker Classic Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans won their fourth game in five contests by jumping out early and never looking back Saturday as they stopped Oak Grove 49-40. The Panthers, now 1-4, had battled top-seeded Higginsville tough in the semifinals Thursday night before falling 62-43.

Oak Grove’s only lead of the night came as Aaron Graham hit from down low just one minute into the game.

Richmond responded with 12 unanswered points and was never threatened. The Spartans held a 15-5 lead after the first period and maintained control of the game despite a low-scoring second quarter. Richmond allowed only a 3-point bucket by Caleb Jagels and another basket by Graham over the next 8 minutes as the Spartan lead was extended to 23-10 at the intermission.

Four different Spartans scored in the third quarter as Richmond boosted its lead to 17 points entering the final period.

Oak Grove pulled to within 10 points with 4:48 remaining in the game, but the Spartans held off the Panthers from the free throw line. Reid Summers, who ended the night with a game-high 20 points and 13 rebounds, hit all eight of his attempts in the closing period – six of those coming after Oak Grove pulled to within 10 points.

The complete story is in the Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 Richmond News.

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