The Raiders were on the wrong end of a steal in the waning moments of Tuesday’s Mid-Southeastern Conference tilt versus Seventy-First.
Falcons guard Danie McCaleb stripped Richmond’s Quinten Quick of the ball and scored an uncontested game-winning layup with 11 seconds remaining to help the Falcons slip past the Raiders 66-65 at Raider Gym.
“I knew they were going to try to foul,” JV Raiders coach Donald Pettigrew said. “Their guard got his arm in there, but they didn’t call it and sometimes things don’t go your way. They played hard, but we broke down at the end. I told the guys to keep their heads up.”
Quick scored 10 points, while Will Freeman finished with a team-high 16 points. In a back-and-forth four quarter, Freeman gave Richmond its final lead of the game when he connected on a hook shot along the right baseline for a 65-63 with 33 seconds left.
On the next possession, McCaleb, who had 14 points, was fouled driving to the basket. He hit one of two free-throws to cut the lead to 65-64, setting up his heroics at the end of the game.
Richmond (5-6) had a couple opportunities before the end of the game, but failed to get off a shot on its last two possessions and had its two-game winning streak snapped.
The JV Raiders will return to action when they play host to Hoke Friday at 6:30 p.m.
JV Lady Raiders keep rolling
The Richmond junior varsity women’s basketball team continued its roll and knocked off Seventy-First 46-35 Tuesday to improve to 9-0 on the season.
Richmond had a hard time shaking the visitors. The teams were knotted at 12 after the first quarter and the Lady Raiders were ahead 23-19 at halftime.
According to Richmond coach Nellie Harrington, the Lady Falcons were able to keep the game close was because the team was 10-for-14 at the free-throw line in the first half.
“We were committing a lot of fouls, and they were connecting on their foul shots,” Harrington said. “That helped them stay in the game.”
After Seventy-First pulled even at 25 with 3:57 remaining in the quarter, Richmond forced five turnovers in the last three minutes of action, resulting in a 9-0 spurt and a 34-25 lead going into the fourth.
The Lady Falcons went held without a basket for eight minutes before scoring another basket, while Richmond was able to pull away for the win. Rasheda McNeil led the way with 14 points, while Shaquitta Covington added eight points and Kay Wall chipped in seven points.
“I’m very proud of the girls, and we were able to win a tough game,” Harrington said. “Our press turned the tide of the game, and we were able to create our offense from our defense. Hopefully, we can keep this winning streak going.”
The JV Lady Raiders plays Hoke at Raider Gym Friday at 5 p.m.
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