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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
Senior Reid Summers set one scoring mark and came close to breaking another one to help the Richmond Spartans cruise past North Platte 63-38 in the final game of the opening round of the 20th Annual Lawson Invitational Monday night.
Richmond’s victory sets up a semifinal meeting with the tournament hosts tonight at 9. The Cardinals had no trouble in getting past Carrollton, 65-19, in their opening-round contest Tuesday evening.
Summers hit 10 3-pointers on his way to a 36-point night to push the Spartans into the semifinals. His 10 treys broke the old mark of nine that he shared with Blaine Broderick and his 36 points were 2 point shy of the tournament scoring record set by Carrollton’s Stephen Eschenbach in 2007.
“It was a good team win,” Richmond coach Duane Bastob said. “Reid got us a big lead early, Jake (Gray) was steady with the ball and Q (Quinton Maxwell) was a stud in the paint by drawing three charges.”
Richmond shot 50 percent from the field, including 10 for 19 inside the arc. Summers hit half of his 3-point attempts, as Richmond was 12 for 25. Maxwell hit 6 of 10 from the field – all of those from inside the lane as he ended the night with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Spartans took charge early as they held an 11-2 lead after the opening period. North Platte’s first bucket did not come until 4:16 remained in the first quarter as Andrew Roberts converted a Richmond turnover into a layup. The Spartans, who turned the ball over just a half dozen times for the night, responded with an 18-0 run that ended at the 4-minute mark of the second frame.