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PHOTOS: No. 2 Richmond vs. No. 31 Purnell Swett

Paul McNeil Jr. (2) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-quarter court shot to end the third. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — A barrage of three-pointers and a career-high 38 points from junior Jullien Cole ignited the No. 2 Richmond Raider basketball team to a playoff win on Tuesday.

Hosting No. 31 Purnell Swett High School, the Raiders used a running clock to earn a 96-57 win and advance to the second round of the 4A East playoffs.

Cole set the program’s all-time single-game record for the most three-pointers made, draining 10 shots from beyond the arc. He had five triples in both the first and third quarters.

As a team, Richmond scored 17 three-pointers, the most in a game since hitting the same number against Orange High School in 2016.


Paul McNeil Jr. added 18 points, Zion Baldwin notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds and Javian Drake finished with 11 points. 

For the complete game story, with videos and an interview with Cole and head coach Donald Pettigrew, click here.

Richmond will welcome in No. 15 Sanderson High School (19-7) on Thursday in the second round. A start time is to be determined at the time of publication. 

Below are photos from Tuesday’s first-round playoff win, taken by sports editor Kyle Pillar.

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Kyle Pillar is a 16-time North Carolina Press Association award-winning sports editor with The Richmond Observer. Follow the sports department on Twitter @ROSports_ for the best in-depth coverage of Richmond County sports.