ROCKINGHAM — In Friday’s comeback win over Lumberton, the Richmond Senior boys basketball team set the new state record for the most 100-point games in a season.
The 104 points scored by the Raiders marked the 15th time they reached the century mark in a game this season. Before last week, Durham Hillside held the record for more than 50 years — scoring in triple figures 14 times during the 1965-1966 season.
Now, Richmond stands alone in the record books.
“It’s all about teamwork and working together,” senior guard Devonta McNair said. “It feels good to be on the team that holds the record.”
Richmond (16-5, 5-3 SEC) started off its record-breaking year with a dominant victory, crushing Anson in its first game of the season. In that game, the Raiders broke the school record for most points in a game (130) and broke the North Carolina record for most points in a quarter (50).
Richmond would score 104 points in each of its next two games against Union Pines and Cheraw before only putting up 56 points at St. Pauls — its lowest scoring total since 2015. The Raiders would reach 100 points in 10 of their next 13 games in order to bring them within one game of tying Hillside’s record.
“We’re a fast-paced team that keeps it moving all the time,” senior forward C.J. McDaniel said. “And everybody can shoot.”
Against Scotland two weeks ago, Richmond fell two points shy in a 98-86 victory. When they traveled to Hoke three days later, the Raiders came up short 16 points in a 99-84 loss.
The team finally caught its break last Tuesday in a win over Purnell Swett, as it scored 141 points and tied the state record for most 100-point games in a season. Zeigler’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter helped the Raiders crack the century mark.
However, that wasn’t the only record broken that night.
Richmond, once again, broke the school record for most points in a game and combined with Purnell Swett to set the new state record for the most points scored by both teams in a game. The Raiders and the Rams put up 246 points, slightly surpassing the 245 points scored by East Mecklenburg (124) and Harding (121) in a triple-overtime game nearly 17 years ago.
“Everybody loves each other,” Zeigler said about the team. “It’s just like family. If one is down, we already know that someone else has to step up.”
Although the Raiders have the opportunity to log two more 100-point games before the regular season ends, as they travel to Pinecrest and Scotland this week, they aren’t putting much of an emphasis on reaching No. 17.
They’re already at the top.
“It feels good just to know that we made history,” Zeigler added. “Records can always be broken, but still, we’re glad to have the record in our name.”
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