Spartans solve Bulldog defense

The Richmond Spartans rediscovered their offense Wednesday night as they thumped Brookfield 77-39 in the first round of the Husker Classic in Higginsville.
After struggling in a Friday night loss at Cameron, the top-seeded Spartans got scoring from 8 different players, with four of those in double figures. Richmond hit 42 percent from the field.
Da’Ron Jenkins slashed his way inside for a team-high 20 points, with the outside scoring coming from Cody Gorham with 17 and Kyle Carroll with 14. Robert Brewer worked in the paint for 10 points and 11 rebounds – 8 of those coming on the defensive end of the court. Jenkins also dished out 5 assists with 5 steals on defense.
The Brookfield triangle-and-two defense concentrated on shutting down Blaine Broderick and Brewer.
“They covered Blaine and Robert everywhere,” Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said. “We’re not just a two-man team.”
Richmond hit 11 of 16 3-point attempts for the night as Carroll connected on five and Gorham hit four. Broderick, who ended the night with 8 points, dropped in a pair of treys. Also scoring for the Spartans were Caleb Benhardt with 4, and Lucas Hook and Brandon Rittmiller with 2 each.
Blake Williams led Brookfield with a game-high 23 points, but the Bulldogs could not find any more offense.
Richmond jumped to a 23-9 lead in the first period as Gorham hit a pair of 3-pointers with Carroll and Broderick each hitting one. Carroll added two more 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Spartans stretched their lead to 44-19 at the half.
The Spartans are now 2-1 for the season and will meet Odessa in the semifinals tonight at 6 p.m.

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