SOUTHERN PINES — Richmond Senior’s undefeated Southeastern Conference run came to an end.
But it took overtime to do it as Pinecrest edged Richmond 65-62. The Patriots outscored the Raiders 11-8 in the extra period.
Richmond’s Greg Patterson scored on a driving layup with seconds remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 64-62. On the inbounds pass, the Raiders fouled the Patriots but made 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin.
“The third quarter really hurt us,” Richmond coach David Laton said. “We only scored eight and that’s not like us at all.”
The Raiders fell behind by as much as seven points in the second half before rallying against the Patriots. Laton made a switch to a three-guard offense and he thought it made a difference in making a comeback.
“We wanted to get more scoring in the game,” Laton said. “We thought we might have to make a 3-pointer.”
Richmond was just seconds away from a victory in regulation after Patterson scored on a follow-up with 5.6 seconds on the clock. Pinecrest responded as Jaylin Dickerson drove the length of the court and hit a layup as the horn sounded to force overtime.
Tre Pettigrew scored a team-high 15 points for the Raiders (11-5, 3-1). Patterson added 14 and Xavier Davis netted 12 in the loss.
Pinecrest was lead by Kardashian Regin’s 17 points. Dickerson added 16.
In other Southeastern Conference action, Scotland downed Lumberton 64-44 and Hoke County stopped Purnell Swett 82-62.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.