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JV and freshman Raiders sweep Lumberton on the road

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ROSports File Photo: Micah Jackson was "huge" for the Raiders according to head coach Kenta Hutchinson in Friday's win over Lumberton. ROSports File Photo: Micah Jackson was "huge" for the Raiders according to head coach Kenta Hutchinson in Friday's win over Lumberton. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

LUMBERTON — The Richmond Senior High School boys’ junior varsity team kept itself in the win column Friday in a high-scoring affair on the road against Lumberton High School.

The JV Raiders were clicking on all cylinders and held on late to defeat the Pirates 76-71. Richmond used a 25-point fourth quarter to improve to 9-3 overall and 3-2 against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents.

Richmond’s offense set the tone with five players to reach double figures, as sophomore Xavier Collazo and freshman Dakota Chavis each put 18 points up for the Raiders. Sophomore Micah Jackson finished with 12 points, while fellow sophomores Deshon Watson and Luke Williams chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“Coming off our one-point loss last Friday (to Jack Britt), it kind of shifted the mindsets of our guys,” head coach Kenta Hutchinson said. “It was a game they really wanted and we fell short. 

“We wanted to compete this week with a ‘refuse to lose’ mentality,” he added. “Our guys competed and left everything on the floor in the last two big conference wins. The level of play we had against Hoke County (on Tuesday) carried over and we fed off that energy.”

The Raiders and Pirates both had a high-scoring first quarter, seeing the home team take an early 19-17 advantage. Williams put up seven of his points in the opening frame, followed by five points each from Jackson and Watson. Chavis knocked down a pair of free throws to keep it close.

Richmond broke the game open in its favor behind a 21-point effort in the second. Collazo, who didn’t score in the first, ignited the run with 10 points. He hit two triples before adding a field goal and two free throws.

Chavis, who hit 10 free throws against Hoke County, stayed true from the line and went 4-for-4 in the second and notched a field goal for six of his points. Jackson followed up with five more points to give him 10 at the break. 

At halftime, Richmond held a 38-28 lead after holding the Pirates to just nine points in the second.

Out of the locker room, Lumberton took the third-quarter scoring advantage, going on a 19-14 run in the eight-minute period. Chavis continued his dominant play from the wing position, hitting three more field goals. Watson returned to the scoring column with two jumpers and Collazo and Jackson combined for four points.

Holding a slim 52-49 lead entering the final frame, Collazo paced the Raiders with his final six points, both triples. Sophomore Javares Stanback got in the mix with five points in the late-going, and Chavis banged home two more free throws and a field goal.

“Micah was huge for us tonight,” Hutchinson said. “I’ve been trying to get him going and tonight he showed up offensively and defensively. He needed this game because it was a big confidence booster for him.

“Dakota and Xavier were also big,” he added. “Luke grabbed 19 rebounds and that’s back-to-back games with double digits on the glass. Tonight was the definition of a real team win and I’m proud of our guys for refusing to give up when they faced adversity on the road.”

The JV Raiders will return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. at home against non-conference South Mecklenburg High School.

Freshman Raiders earn road win at Lumberton

Ahead of the JV game, the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy boys’ basketball team picked up another win, defeating Lumberton 58-52.

Zion Baldwin and Emoni McBride would set the tempo for the Raiders’ offense, netting 14 and 13 points, respectively. Jadden Jenks followed up with nine points, while Zyion Baldwin, Zay Hubbard and Frazion Steele each chipped in six points.

Rounding out the close-scoring game were Ashton Phifer and Taye Spencer, who each added two key points.

Richmond was hot off the opening tip, rolling to a 19-2 lead in the first quarter. Zion Baldwin led the way with four field goals and eight points, while McBride added a triple. Knocking in two points were Hubbard, Spencer, Jenks and Steele.

Lumberton responded with 23 points in the second, outscoring Richmond by 11 points. Zyion Baldwin got himself on the board for the first time with six points in the frame, as Hubbard, Phifer and McBride added three field goals. At the break, the Raiders led 31-25.

Nineteen more points for the Raiders in the third quarter, including two triples from McBride and five points from Jenks, helped distance the Raiders for good. Zion Baldwin added four points and Hubbard and Steele knocked down jumpers.

A slow fourth quarter saw Richmond net just eight points, but it was enough to hold on for the win.

“The last game we started off slow and ended great,” head coach Taivon Jones said. “This game we started off great and ended terrible. Now we need to put it together for a complete game.”

The freshman team improved to 3-1 on the season and will return to action Tuesday on the road at Seventy-First High School.


Kyle Pillar

Three-time award-winning sports editor. Indiana University of Pennsylvania communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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