Hounds pull away to snap RHS winning streak at five

Richmond’s Quinton Maxwell (24) reaches across the baseline to keep the ball from going out during the Spartans’ loss to Maryville in the NCMC Holiday Hoops Classic Friday night at Trenton. (Photo by Russ Green/The Richmond News.)

By Russ Green-Sports Editor

Richmond Coach Duane Bastob said his Spartans were outplayed in the paint Friday night as they dropped a 53-42 decision to Maryville in the NCMC Holiday Classic. The loss snapped Richmond’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Spartans to 7-3 heading into their second game at Trenton Saturday afternoon.

After pulling away from Richmond Friday night, the Spoofhounds fell to Kirksville Saturday and take an 8-3 record into the Holiday break.

The Hounds were led by Tyler Kenkel with 13 points, while Jonathan Baker added 12. Reid Summers hit 6 of 15 3-point attempts on his way to scoring a game-high 19 points for the Spartans, with Lendarrius Pritchett converting 3 of 5 3-point tries for 11 points. Richmond was 15 for 38 from the field, including 6 of 17 inside the arc. The Spartans ended the evening with 19 rebounds – only 3 of those were on the offensive glass.

“I think we need to value possessions more on both ends of the floor to beat a team as tough as Maryville,” Bastob said. “We also need to convert our chances in the paint to keep teams from playing out at the 3-point arc so much. Tevin (Robinson) played outstanding defense on their point guard and Reid competed hard the whole game.”

Three-pointers by Summers and Pritchett helped the Spartans jump out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter. Following a Maryville timeout with 2:22 remaining in the opening period, the Spoofhounds responded with the final 9 points of the quarter and began the second frame with a layup by Baker after a Spartan turnover.

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