BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — The Richmond Senior boys basketball team overcame a sluggish first-quarter to rally for a 67-61 victory over Marlboro County, S.C. Saturday night.
The Raiders trailed by six at the end of the opening eight minutes before outscoring the Bulldogs by 11 in the second quarter to take a 34-29 lead at halftime.
“We got off to a slow start, we couldn’t find the right combination,” Richmond coach David Laton said. “In the second, we found the right combination and made some adjustments. It was a big quarter for us.”
Shydamion Ellerbe scored a season-high 27 points to lead the way for the Raiders (4-0). Jalen McDonald added 12, while Xavier Davis chipped in with nine. McDonald and Davis converted all of their free-throw attempts in the contest, including going a combined 6-of-6 in the fourth quarter. Trey Pettigrew contributed seven points and blocked a team-high four shots.
Travis McRae and Andre Underwood each had 10 points for Marlboro County (1-1) in the loss.
Richmond and Marlboro County will return to the hardwood 7:30 p.m. today at Raider Gymnasium.
Bulldogs nip Raiders
BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. — The Marlboro County girls basketball squad didn’t take its first lead until the final moments against Richmond Senior.
But it was enough as the Bulldogs hung on for a 51-50 nonconference win Saturday night.
“It was a tough loss, but from every loss there’s something to learn,” Richmond coach Victoria DeFrate said. “We’ll bounce back and get to prove ourselves Tuesday against them.”
Asiana Douglas scored a team-high 16 points to pace the Raiders (2-2), while Shaquail Wall netted 11. Cherie Ellerbe contributed eight in the defeat.
Richmond and Marlboro County (1-1) will battle 6 p.m. today at Raider Gymnasium.
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