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By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Richmond Spartans battled undefeated West Platte on even terms through most of the night before dropping a 53-41 decision in Weston to the state’s top-ranked Class 2 team, according to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
The Bluejays’ Adam Roe, who helped lead West Platte to the state semifinals last season, poured in 27 points, while Reid Summers scored a game-high 31 points for Richmond. Spartan coach Duane Bastob was proud of his team’s effort.
“We played really well, we just have to eliminate some turnovers to win games of this structure,” he said. “Reid played well and shot well for us to give us a chance.”
The Spartans were charged with 19 turnovers for the night, while shooting 4 for 12 inside the 3-point arc and 9 for 34 outside. The Spartans grabbed an 8-7 lead after the first period with Summers knocking down two of his 9 3-pointers for the night. West Platte (8-0) battled back in the second frame as Roe hit for 9 of his nightly total.
The Jays took an 18-15 lead into the intermission and the Spartans stayed within a basket or two throughout the third period. West Platte made a late charge in the third quarter to take a 34-26 lead into the final period. Richmond trailed by 6 points with 4 minutes remaining in the game before West Platte put the game away.