Spartans dominate conference opener

After losing a tough 3-point decision at Smithville one night earlier, the Richmond Spartans took it out on visiting Lexington Tuesday night in the MRVC East opener for both teams. The Spartans grabbed an early lead and continually pulled away for a 54-27 victory over the Minutemen at the RHS gym.
Eleven Spartans entered the scoresheet as Richmond improved to 8-4 overall, while dropping the visitors to 2-11. Richmond held a 10-4 lead after the opening period and began to put the game away in the second quarter with a 19-8 scoring advantage. The Spartans stuck the dagger in during the third frame as they scored 21 of the 27 points for a 50-18 cushion heading into the final 8 minutes – most of which was played with the running clock and several Richmond reserves.
Jacob Swope hit for 11 points, including three buckets from outside the 3-point arc, and Jon Vance added 10 points to pace the balanced Richmond attack.
James Vance had 8 points, followed by D’Andre Williams and Blaine Broderick with 5 apiece, Kyle Carroll and Trey Folvarcik each added a 3-pointer, and Robert Brewer ended the night with 3 points. Ty Tweedie, Jordan Smith and Kyle Ash scored 2 points apiece for Richmond.
Broderick and Brewer each had 2 of Richmond’s 10 steals for the evening, with Smith and Ash hitting the boards to grab a half dozen rebounds apiece.
Broderick dished out a team-high 3 assists with James Vance credited with 2 helpers.
Andrew Stevenson led Lexington with 7 points, all of those in the final 8 minutes, and Phoenix Harrison hit for 6. Lexington made just four trips to the free throw line and converted one, while the Spartans were 17 of 27 from the stripe.

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