By Shawn Stinson
December 5, 2013
ROCKINGHAM — This might be the one and only time Richmond Senior boys basketball coach David Laton will be happy after his Raiders failed to score a point in the second half.
That is because they didn’t need to against Camden Military Academy.
Richmond scored all of its points in the first 16 minutes of the game en route to a 69-23 victory Thursday night at Raider Gymnasium. The Raiders evened their record at 1-1 on the season and the Spartans fall to 0-1.
Richmond didn’t attempt one shot in three possessions in the second half, but turned it over twice. The first was at the start of the fourth quarter and the other came on a five-second call with less than 10 seconds remaining in the contest. The Raiders held the ball for the final 7 1/2 minutes of the third quarter and more than 7 minutes of the fourth.
“We were going to work on our motion offense. We weren’t trying to embarrass anybody,” Laton said. “I talked to their coach after the game. He said they couldn’t match up with us in man and they just aren’t very good this year. They were pretty good last year.”
In last season’s contest in Camden, the Raiders pulled out a 10-point victory.
“We had nobody coming back…we had a big (roster) turn over, but that’s the nature of our school,” Camden Military coach Ron Horn said.
Horn added he wasn’t entirely pleased with the way the Raiders played in the second half, especially in the beginning.
“We were in a zone and we went ahead and tried to match up with them,” Horn said. “They would drive on us and kick it back out and that’s more embarrassing then a team scoring.”
After the season-opening loss to Cheraw, Laton stressed rebounding to his team before the game. Richmond took advantage of its height and scored 12 second-chance points in the first quarter.
“It helped us improve (our rebounding) a lot tonight,” Richmond center Sidney Neely said.
Neely scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter and added the team is getting used to the up-tempo offense.
“We are adjusting to it, but we have to get better as the games go on,” Neely said. “It’s more suited to all of us.”
Unlike against the Braves when the Raiders placed five players in double figures, only Greg Patterson and Neely hit the mark versus the Spartans. Patterson finished with a game-high 18 points. Octavius Patterson and Tre Pettigrew each scored nine for Richmond.
Devin Larsen led Camden Military with 13 points and recorded the only points in the second half.
Richmond will return to action 7:30 p.m. today at home against Union Pines. The Vikings have won their last three contests since dropping their season opener to Cardinal Gibbons.
“It’s good to get a win and get ready for tomorrow,” Laton said. “They are 3-1, they are for real.”
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.