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JV, freshman Raiders cap season with wins over rival Scotland

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Sophomore Xavier Collazo scored 17 points against Scotland in Friday's season finale. Sophomore Xavier Collazo scored 17 points against Scotland in Friday's season finale. Kyle Pillar — The Richmond Observer.

LAURINBURG — Closing out their respective seasons at home against rival Scotland High School, the Richmond boys’ junior varsity and freshman basketball teams earned wins on Friday.

JV Raiders outlast Scots in OT

In true rivalry fashion, the JV Raiders and the Fighting Scots battled down to the final minute of regulation to end in a 59-59 tie. The game went to overtime and Richmond outscored Scotland 15-8 to earn a 74-67 win.

A trio of sophomores would lead the JV Raiders on the scoresheet, as Xavier Collazo and Deshon Watson both scored a team-high 17 points.Watson scored seven of his points in the second half before dropping a team-high six points in the overtime period.

Collazo was also big in the final quarters of the game, adding eight points in the fourth and four more in extra time. Jalen David, who dropped down from varsity to help a limited JV roster due to injury, posted 16 points in the win. Eleven of his points were spread across the second half and over time.

Sophomore Micah Jackson netted nine points in the win, scoring seven points before the break. Fellow 10th grader Travion Dumas provided some offense in the late-going, finishing with seven points, all coming in the fourth quarter or later.

The Raiders took a 15-11 lead after the first quarter, but fell behind at halftime. Scotland outscored Richmond 11-5 in the second to take a 22-20 lead.

In the third, the Raiders pulled ahead by one point, 38-37, thanks to five points each from Watson and freshman Zion Baldwin. Collazo chipped in four points during the frame.

Both teams eclipsed scoring more than 20 points in the fourth to send the game to overtime. That’s when Watson took over for his final six points, and Collazo and Dumas each netted four points.

Head coach Kenta Hutchinson closed his first season as the JV head coach with a 15-7 overall record and an 8-6 mark against Sandhills Athletic Conference opponents.

Freshman Raiders roll past Scots in season finale

Helping complete the three-team sweep against Scotland was the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy boys’ basketball team, which defeated the Fighting Scots 57-36 in Hamlet on Friday.

A 30-point third quarter by the freshman Raiders put the game out of reach, after leading 17-14 at halftime.

Freshman guard Emoni McBride finished with 19 points, going off for 17 points in the third quarter. He drained a team-high five three-pointers in the frame, while adding a field goal. 

Taye Spencer and Zay Hubbard both scored five points in the third to give the Raiders a 47-24 lead after three.

Noah Hogan, who returned to the lineup after missing most of the season with a hand injury, added all seven of his points in the fourth quarter. 

Hubbard added 12 points in the win, Spencer finished with seven, and Jeremiah Jenks and Zyion Baldwin notched five and four points, respectively.

On the season, the freshman team and head coach Taivon Jones finished with a 7-3 record.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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