Raiders, Spartans to clash earlier
By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM — Richmond Senior boys basketball coach David Laton picked up his phone Wednesday morning to touch base with the athletic director of tonight’s opponent, Camden Military Academy.
When Laton hung up the phone, the start time had been changed. Instead of the junior varsity game tipping off at 6 p.m. and the varsity playing moments after the conclusion of the first contest, the teams will hit the court much earlier.
The JV game will now begin at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity expected to tip off at approximately 6 p.m.
“I went to their web site to see if there was a glitch and there was a glitch,” Laton said. “It was just a mix-up. No big deal.”
Richmond and Camden Military Academy squared off last season with the Raiders pulling out a 65-55 road victory.
It will be the first game for the Spartans, while the Raiders will look to rebound following Tuesday’s last-second season-opening loss to Cheraw.
Richmond trailed 78-69 before rallying to tie the game with a 10-1 run over the next three minutes capped by a 3-point field goal by Greg Patterson with 7.5 seconds left on the clock.
Cheraw pulled out the victory as Zac Sellers hit a layup as time expired.
The Raiders placed five players in double figures in the loss. Both Sidney Neely and Xavier Davis scored 16 points to lead the way in the loss. Greg Patterson and Octavius Patterson each added 15 and Tre Pettigew netted 14.
Hoke downs Richmond in wrestling
RAEFORD — The Richmond Senior wrestling team’s Southeastern Conference opener didn’t go as planned as Hoke County earned a 48-21 victory Wednesday night in Raeford.
The Raiders earned four victories in the meet, three by pinfall.
Richmond’s Maleik Rush, Zavier Covington and Josh Conrad defeated their opponents with pins and Cody Giddens picked up a 13-10 decision in the 132-pound contest.
Rush pinned Patrick McMillian at the 1:34 mark of the 145-pound match. At 182, Covington stopped Patricio Cifuentes in 35 seconds. Conrad downed Brandon McClary at 2:41 in the 195-pound class.
“We were missing our 106 (Jordan Jenkins) and 152 (R.J. Gordineer),” Richmond coach Earl Nicholson said. “With a little more fight we still could have won. We had four matches where we were ahead and lost in the second period.”
The Bucks won five matches by pinfall and another three by major decision. The other victory came at 106 by forfeit.
Neither team fielded a wrestler in the 113-pound class and it resulted in a double forfeit.
Richmond will return to the mats Saturday at the Southern Durham tournament.
— 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.
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