The Richmond Raider Green freshman boys basketball team’s costly mistake in the waning seconds of its game versus Scotland caused the Raiders to fall 31-27 Thursday afternoon at the Ninth Grade Academy Gym.
Richmond trailed 29-27 with 14.8 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, point the Raiders elected to let the ball roll down the court to prevent the clock from running.
But before Raider Green could pick up the ball at halfcourt, a player slipped, allowing Scotland’s Tony Deberry to make the steal and score an uncontested layup for the final points of the game.
“I saw the clock starting before he had the ball, which caused me to get distracted,” Raider Green coach Jay Jones said.
“(We) just let it roll too long, their guy (Deberry) stuck his head in there, took the ball, scored the layup and pretty much ended it.”
The loss dropped the Green team’s record to 3-5 on the season, while Scotland improved its mark to 8-0. Lamont Lawson scored a game-high 10 points for the Scots. Despite the defeat, Jones was pleased with how hard his team played.
“The first time we played them, we lost by 20 points,” Jones said.
“This time, we gave them a scare, and I’m proud of the effort we gave.”
Jones added that Richmond played good defense in holding Scotland to 31 points. But the offensive struggles all game long prevented the Green team from springing the upset.
“The ball just didn’t bounce our way, and we failed to put the ball in the basket consistently enough,” Jones said.
Josh Calhoun led Raider Green with seven points. Donyell Miller had five.
Raider Green hosts Lumberton Monday at the Ninth Grade Gym with tipoff slated for 6 p.m.
Scotland 30, Raiders Green girls 28
The Raider Green girls team had the momentum going into overtime, following Kadijah Harrington’s putback before the buzzer that tied the contest at 24-all at the end of regulation.
But Scotland (2-5), behind Kadej Murne’s game-high 12 points, regained its poise in the extra session to prevail 30-28 over Richmond.
Damajah Underwood paced the Raiders with 10 points, while Heather Locklear added eight.
The Green girls team (5-3) host Lumberton Monday with tipoff slated for 4:30 p.m.
Raider Gold girls 30
LUMBERTON — Despite overcoming a 16-3 first quarter deficit, the Raider Gold freshman team failed to get over the hump and was defeated 32-30 to Lumberton Thursday afternoon.
In the loss, Michelle Covington and Kevyna Stanback both led the Raiders with 12 points apiece.
The Gold girls (6-2) host Pinecrest Tuesday with tipoff slated for 4:30 p.m.
The Raider Gold boys game against the Pirates will follow.
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