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JV Raiders earn non-conference win over South Meck

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Sophomore Deshon Watson lays in two of his 11 points in Saturday's win over South Meck. Sophomore Deshon Watson lays in two of his 11 points in Saturday's win over South Meck. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — Returning home Saturday after a road win the night before, the Richmond Senior High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team capped off a three-game week with its third win.

Hosting non-conference South Mecklenburg High School, the JV Raiders used strong first and third quarters to defeat the Sabres 59-44 in the matinee game.

Sophomore Micah Jackson, who has started to see his scoring come alive the past few games, led the Raiders with 12 points. Joining him with double figures were sophomore Deshon Watson with 11 points and freshman Dakota Chavis with 10 points.

On the glass, sophomore Luke Williams proved to be the team’s best rebounder, snagging 14 boards and adding nine points. It’s the third game this week he recorded double digit rebounds. Fellow 10th grader Javares Stanback came off the bench for nine points, too.

“This is just another big win for our guys,” head coach Kenta Hutchinson said. “This is the level of play we want to continue to play at, and our goal this week was to go 3-0. I’m proud of our guys for getting the job done.”

Richmond would trail early in the first, but a three-pointer from Williams and a drive and a foul shot from Chavis gave the Raiders a 9-8 advantage with two minutes remaining. Chavis’ three points started an 11-0 run to close the quarter and take a 17-8 lead.

Williams and Chavis both netted five points in the opening frame, while Jackson, Watson and Travion Dumas notched a field goal.

A low-scoring second quarter saw Richmond outscore the Sabres 11-5, using a Stanback three-pointer to lead the team. Williams, Watson, Jackson and Dumas all found the basket one time to send the Raiders into the break leading 28-13.

A big third quarter of 20 points for the home team helped put the game away for good. Watson took control of the floor and netted his final seven points to lead all scorers. Stanback stayed in the game and rattled home another three before adding a layup on a steal.

Chavis and Jackson added three points each for Richmond, while Williams finished his scoring with a drive in the paint.

Getting on the board for the first time in the fourth quarter were sophomores Robert Bethea and Mehki Harrington, each driving the ball to the hoop. Their baskets gave all nine Richmond players who played in the game at least two points.

“Deshon was huge for us,” Hutchinson said. “He didn’t stuff the stat sheet, but I teach my guys if the shots aren’t falling they have to impact the game in a different way. And he did that today.

“Our guys have been working extremely hard and we feel if we continue this level of play, we can win out,” he closed. “I’m so proud that all nine guys scored today.” 

The JV Raiders (10-3, 3-2 SAC) will return to action on Tuesday in a pivotal Sandhills Athletic Conference game at Seventy-First High School.

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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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