By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Richmond roared to a 15-0 lead Saturday in the third-place game of the Lawson Invitational and the Trenton Bulldogs could not recover as the Spartans went on to a 60-44 win.
It was Richmond’s second consecutive third-place finish at Lawson and came after it dropped a tough 47-37 decision to the host Cardinals in the semifinals Thursday night.
Senior Reid Summers, who was named to the all-tournament team, paced Richmond to its eighth victory of the season with 37 points – one shy of the tournament single-game mark. Quinton Maxwell added 9 points, while Philip Kincaid added 6.
Unlike the last meeting between Richmond and Trenton – won by the Spartans on a buzzer-beater at the NCMC Holiday Hoops – Richmond wasted no time in grabbing control. The Spartans bolted to a 15-0 lead, but, Trenton bounced back off the canvas and ended the first period by scoring the final 10 points.
The Spartans held a 27-18 lead at the half and then had to withstand another Trenton charge as the second half began. The Bulldogs opened the third period with an 8-2 run to cut the Richmond lead to 3 points, but the Spartans got back-to-back 3’s from Summers and Kincaid.
Trenton again cut the Richmond lead to one possession, but the Spartans were able to hold on and take a 40-34 cushion into the final 8 minutes. Chase Tolson’s basket pulled the Bulldogs to within 4 points, but Richmond closed out the night by scoring 17 of the game’s final 22 points.
Chris Flowers led Trenton scoring with 19 points, while Chase Tolson added 10. Also scoring for the Spartans were Jake Gray with 4, Kody Reed with 3 and Noah Thornberry with a free throw.