ROCKINGHAM — When the Richmond Senior boys basketball team traveled to Purnell Swett earlier this month, it set the school record for most points scored in a game.
When the Raiders hosted the Rams on Tuesday night, they did so again.
Leon Zeigler’s three-pointer early in the fourth quarter helped Richmond crack the 100-point mark for the 14th time this season — which ties a state record set by Durham Hillside during the 1965-66 season.C.J. McDaniel made one of two free throws with under two minutes to go in order to tie the record (132), but Jordan Tillman’s layup with 1:08 left gave Richmond its 134th point — making it the third time the Raiders broke the record this season.
Richmond (15-5, 4-3 SEC) would tack on seven more points before the last buzzer sounded, grabbing a 141-105 victory over Purnell Swett (3-13, 1-5 SEC).
“We made a little bit of history tonight,” coach David Laton said. “It was a clean game and the officials let us play. We did a great job and Purnell Swett did a great job.”
The Raiders opened and closed the game in similar fashion, as they scored 44 points in both the first and fourth quarters. They held a 44-20 lead after one and built on a 97-75 lead coming out of the third quarter.
Tillman finished with a season-high 23 points, which included a fastbreak slam with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. Trey Smith poured in 16 points, while both Tone Diggs and Devonta McNair scored all 15 of their points from the beyond the arc.
Also, the 246 points scored between Richmond (141) and Purnell Swett (105) on Tuesday is the new North Carolina record for most points scored by both teams in a game. The previous record was set 17 years ago when East Mecklenburg (124) and Harding (121) combined for 245 points in a triple-overtime game.
Lady Raiders dominate in SEC win
The Lady Raiders scored their first basket within the first five seconds of the game. Zelda McLaughlin won the tip, Keiona Love secured the ball and Alexis Swiney laid it in — thanks to Love’s assist.
The Lady Rams, on the other hand, didn’t score their first field goal until there was 40 seconds left in the opening quarter. Desaree Dunham’s fastbreak layup gave the visiting team just three points before the buzzer sounded.
Richmond (9-7, 4-3 SEC) held a 15-point lead after the first quarter and gradually built on the lead as the game wore on. It would see 13 of 14 players score a field goal in the 65-29 victory.
McLaughlin led the way for the Lady Raiders with 13 points. Both Swiney and Layne Maultsby scored eight points, while Love and Chloe Wiggins chipped in six points each.
Purnell Swett (1-15, 0-6 SEC) picked it up in the second quarter, where it scored a quarter-best 10 points, but couldn’t keep up the scoring throughout. The Lady Rams’ leading scorer on the night was Nakyra Mitchell, who finished with eight points.
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Richmond Senior’s Tone Diggs shoots a three-pointer during the second quarter of Tuesday’s home game against Purnell Swett. Diggs would finish with 15 points, which all came from beyond the arc.