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JV Raiders fall to Lumberton; Freshman team uses Way's big day to rout Pirates

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ROSports File Photo: Richmond's Isaiah Jones. ROSports File Photo: Richmond's Isaiah Jones. Deon Cranford – The Richmond Observer.

LUMBERTON — The Richmond Senior High School junior varsity and freshman basketball also teams hit the floor Friday night, one looking to return to the win column, the other trying to extend its streak.

At home, the varsity Raider team steamrolled past Lumberton High School, winning its eighth-straight Sandhills Athletic Conference match, the first time accomplishing that since the 1997-98 season.

JV Raiders fall short against Pirates

The junior varsity Raiders had their six-game winning streak snapped last Tuesday to the Hoke County High School Bucks, and saw their short skid continue with a 78-62 loss to the Lumberton Pirates.

With the regular season winding down, the Raiders’ overall record fell to 8-9, and their record against SAC opponents moved to 7-5.

Sophomore Jakolbe Baldwin led the team in scoring, dropping a game-high 25 points. He connected on eight field goals, and went perfect from the free throw line, finishing 9-for-9 in the loss.

Fellow sophomore teammate Dalton Stroman added a game second-best 24 points. He had nine field goals and added six made free throws. Lumberton used a trio of double-digit scorers to edge the Raiders.

Richmond was outscored 40-25 in the first half, before making a second-half run of 37 points. The home Pirates netted 38 points in the final two quarters.

Other scorers for Richmond were Dayon Bright (six points), Isaiah Jones (five points) and De Shon Watson (three points). The Raiders will head to Seventy-First High School Tuesday looking to return to win column.

Freshman Raiders rout Pirates behind Way’s big day

Extending its winning streak to three games was the Raider freshman team, which outdid the Pirates 55-38 on the road.

Having one of his best games of the season was Richmond Early College student Cameron Way, who netted a team-high 12 points in the win. He scored four points in the first half, before adding eight more in the final two periods. Way was also responsible for a team-high two three-pointers in the win.

Also scoring double figures in the win was KeSean Ingram, finishing with 11 points. During the current three-game winning streak, Ingram has scored 58 total points (19.3 points per game), scoring a season-high 22 points over Jack Britt High School.

Jaiden Covington also had a big day for the Raiders, as the center scored eight points and snagged 18 rebounds. Harley Honeycutt was also impressive on the boards, collecting 14 rebounds while adding seven points.

“We started out slow in the first half due to 14 turnovers and missed layups,” head coach Taivon Jones said. “But we got it together during halftime and came out and separated ourselves.”

Richmond outscored the Pirates 21-19 in the first half before rolling 34-19 in the final two periods. A 21-point fourth quarter helped secure the win. Jamari Broady tacked on five more points of his own.

The freshman team is now 9-3 on the season, and will look to keep the wins rolling on Tuesday at Seventy-First.

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