Spartans rout Hamilton in season opener

Richmond guard Lendarrius Pritchett goes in for a layup after getting a steal early in the Spartans’ season-opening win over visiting Hamilton. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

The Richmond Spartans appeared ready to get the new basketball season started. After allowing the first bucket of the game to visiting Hamilton, the Spartans bolted out to a 26-7 first period lead on the way to a 64-34 win in the RHS gym.

Ten Spartans got in on the scoring act, led by Reid Summers’ game-high 25 points. Hamilton, with at least five of its players just a few days removed from winning the Class 1 football crown in St. Louis, showed some rust, but continued to hang with the Spartans after Richmond opened up its huge lead.

“It was a good win to start the year,” Spartan Coach Duane Bastob said. “We will need to improve our defense and finish at the basket a little better in the future, but that’s what practice is for. The intensity was there and that carried the day.”

Summers got the offense going with three of his five 3-point buckets in the opening quarter. His third trey came with 1:22 remaining in the period as the Spartans closed out the quarter with a 9-0 run. Hamilton got an early basket by Tyler Hampton to begin the second frame, but the Spartans answered with a 10-1 run to take over the game.

Richmond took a 41-17 advantage into the locker room for the half and midway through the third period held a 48-22 cushion, and then turned the game over to the reserves later in the fourth quarter.

In addition to his scoring, Summers hit the boards to grab 7 rebounds, with John Landwehr also pulling down 7 rebounds to go along with his 3 points. Lendarrius Pritchett hit a couple of 3-pointers from the top of the key on his way to a 10-point night. He also dished out a half-dozen assists with a team-high 4 steals on the defensive end of the court.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 Richmond News.

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