Defense shines in Spartans’ league-opening victory

Lendarrius Pritchett (25) scores on an easy layup following a pass from Tevin Robinson during a 9-0 run to spark the Spartans to an MRVC East win over visiting Knob Noster. (Photo by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Coach Duane Bastob said his Spartans put together their best defensive effort of the season in Tuesday night’s 56-40 win over visiting Knob Noster in the MRVC East opener for both schools.

Richmond allowed the Panthers’ big 6-7 junior David Barton to post a game-high 23 points, but the rest of the Knob Noster scoring was kept in check. Brett Marsh added 6 points, but 4 of those came in the first period, while Jon McKinzie scored 5 points, with a 3-pointer in the opening frame.

“It was an awesome win to open the conference,” Bastob said. “The kids played hard the whole game and it showed. It was our best defensive effort by far and it was a total team win.”

Both teams are now 4-2 overall.

Richmond featured a more balanced offensive attack with Reid Summers hitting for a team-high 18 points to go along with 7 rebounds and a pair of assists. After missing last week’s Husker Classic, Lendarrius Pritchett returned to the floor to add 15 points with 3 assists while leading the defensive effort with 5 steals.

Barton’s efforts kept the Panthers on top early in the evening as Knob Noster held a 15-9 lead entering the second quarter. Knob Noster maintained its lead through the first half of the second period. Then, the Spartan defense began to pick up the pace which helped lead to easy baskets at the other end of the court.

Tevin Robinson scored his only points of the night – a 3-pointer – to start a 9-0 run to give the Spartans their first lead of the game.

The complete story is in the Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 Richmond News.

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