By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans returned to an unfamiliar location Monday night to take on a familiar foe. The Spartans, playing their first game at home since the Nov. 25 opener, matched up with the Lexington Minutemen just four days after their meeting in the semifinals of the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational. The result turned out to be the same as the Spartans handled the Minutemen by the identical 54-45 final.
The MRVC East win gives Richmond its second league victory in three games and drops Lexington to 1-2. Coach Duane Bastob said his Spartans had to battle to improve its overall mark to 12-5.
“It wasn’t a work of art, but we got the job done,” he said. “We played determined basketball late in the third and early in the fourth quarter. Our defense was really good, especially late.”
The Spartan defense keyed a surge that helped erase a 32-29 deficit with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter. The Spartans quickly tied the game, but the remaining 3:29 of the period was scoreless for both teams.
Reid Summers, who ended the night with a game-high 33 points, hit back-to-back 3-point buckets to begin the final quarter and the Spartans were off on a 12-0 run. The Minutemen, now 10-7 overall, could not recover. Lexington was able to pull to within 8 points with 1:42 left, but the Spartans hit all 8 free throw attempts down the stretch, and hit 15 of 17 from the line for the night.