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Wealth of scoring helps JV Raiders improve to 3-0

Sophomore Ali Tyson scored 12 of his 14 points in the second quarter. (Kyle Pillar, sports editor)

ROCKINGHAM — A deep bench of scoring paved the way to the Richmond junior varsity boys’ basketball team’s third straight win to start the season.

Back on their home floor on Friday, the JV Raiders cruised past Uwharrie Charter Academy 63-20.

Behind a running clock, eight Raiders found the basket, including two double-digit scorers. 

Richmond controlled the game from the opening rip, rolling on a 15-2 run through the first quarter. Six different players scored, including the first five of a team-high 17 points from sophomore Ahaiver McDonald. 

Scoring a basket each to give the JV Raiders a 6-0 lead were freshmen Amer Morrison and Terande Spencer, along with sophomore Keyonta Davis. 

The JV Eagles (1-3) scored their only points of the first with 2:48 left. 

Sophomore Keidreion Crump and freshman Zamarion Robinson scored two more quick buckets. McDonald netted a triple and a putback in the closing minute to extend the lead. 

Two more big runs in the second gave the JV Raiders a 30-point lead at halftime. A 10-2 spurt in the first three minutes of the second was led by six more points from McDonald, including a three-pointer. 

Crump added a transition basket and sophomore Ali Tyson, who came off the bench, hit a baseline jumper for the first of his dozen points in the second. He finished with 14 points.

Uwharrie Charter couldn’t keep up with Richmond’s defense, as the JV Raiders made good on a wealth of turnovers. 

Ten more points from Tyson in the second saw him land a pair of field goals and two triples. Crump and freshman Tate Craven netted a bucket each to make it 39-9 at the break. 

Richmond outscored the JV Eagles 16-4 in the third, and a free throw from Robinson with 4:00 left initiated the running clock. 

Adding points in the frame were McDonald and Spencer (both with four points), Robinson scored all three of his points from the line and Davis added three more of his nine points.

Morrison capped his four-point night with a bucket and Richmond led 55-13 after three.

A quick-moving fourth quarter netted eight more points for the JV Raiders. Davis’ four points led the way, followed by a transition layup by McDonald and Tyson hit a floater in the final seconds.

Sophomore Keyonta Davis (5) lays in two of his nine points during Friday’s win. (Kyle Pillar/The Richmond Observer)

The JV Raiders (3-0) will look to continue their undefeated start going when they open Sandhills Athletic Conference play next Friday.

Richmond will travel to Pinecrest High School (1-1) and tip-off at 4:30 p.m.

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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.