Raiders go 2-1 on first day of Raider Classic Jamboree

By: By Leon Hargrove Jr. - Sports Editor
Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s Rod Newton (3) goes in for layup against Fairmont in the team’s first contest of the day at the inaugural Raider Classic Jamboree on Friday. Newton scored 14 points in the second half to lead the Raiders to a 47-42 win.
Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s James Bright (15) slices the Pine Forest defense during the final minutes of Friday’s game. Bright poured in a team-high 15 points in the 71-50 loss.

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond boys basketball program racked up a total of four wins, as both the varsity and junior varsity teams went 2-1 on the day, at its inaugural Raider Classic Jamboree on Friday.

The Raiders’ varsity squad, labeled “Richmond A” on the schedule, took down Fairmont (47-42) and Union Pines (45-43) in its first two games before running out of gas in its final contest of the day against against Pine Forest (50-71).

The junior varsity group, going as “Richmond B” during the jamboree, eased past Red Springs’ varsity and JV teams but — like its varsity counterpart — couldn’t get a handle on an athletic Pine Forest squad.

“This is what summer is about,” head varsity coach Donald Pettigrew said, “getting guys better and making sure the guys who haven’t played varsity get better, too.” 

Rising senior guard Rod Newton was the high scorer for Richmond A in its win over Fairmont, scoring seven consecutive points during the team’s 13-0 run coming out of halftime. He would add 14 points to his scoring total in the second half.

Against Union Pines, Newton and Xavier Pettigrew, rising senior forward, were the only two players to reach double figures. Newton led the way, again, with his 12 points and Pettigrew capped his 10-point performance with a fast-break slam in the final moments. Quamir Sivells, rising junior guard, and Jarvis Tillman, rising junior center, each added six.

“Rod looked good today, Zay looked a whole lot better — his knees are getting stronger and stronger every day — and Quamir ran the show,” Donald Pettigrew said. “James Bright also stepped in and did a good job for us.”

The varsity Raiders didn’t have the same amount of energy against Pine Forest, which came out in a full-court press to start the game. Despite early turnovers and missed layups, they were able to stick around and even took a brief one-point lead in the early moments of the second half. The Trojans, however, got a couple steals and dunks coming out of a timeout and never looked back. Bright scored a team-high 15 points, Tillman adding 14, for Richmond A in the loss.

“Playing three games in one day is tough,” Donald Pettigrew added. “The guys were a little bit tired and (Pine Forest) made a run. Quamir Sivells got banged up and he couldn’t play (in the third game), so we were down to six.

“We did some bad things in that third game, like not hustling, but besides that, I was pleased with the day.”

Also happy with his team’s effort was Richmond B head coach Tony Terry, who’s entering his first year with the junior varsity program. Taking care of business against the only other JV team in the jamboree and then splitting its games against the varsity competition showed Terry that his guys are headed in the right direction.

“For us to be on JV going against varsity, we performed well,” Terry said. “We’ve still got a lot to work on, but I was glad to give my guys that opportunity … we were being vocal, communicating, playing together as a team.”

Both Richmond squads will be back in action Saturday morning, starting at 9 a.m., for the second day of the jamboree.

Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s Rod Newton (3) goes in for layup against Fairmont in the team’s first contest of the day at the inaugural Raider Classic Jamboree on Friday. Newton scored 14 points in the second half to lead the Raiders to a 47-42 win.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_newton-1.jpgLeon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s Rod Newton (3) goes in for layup against Fairmont in the team’s first contest of the day at the inaugural Raider Classic Jamboree on Friday. Newton scored 14 points in the second half to lead the Raiders to a 47-42 win.

Leon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s James Bright (15) slices the Pine Forest defense during the final minutes of Friday’s game. Bright poured in a team-high 15 points in the 71-50 loss.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_bright-1.jpgLeon Hargrove Jr. | Daily Journal Richmond’s James Bright (15) slices the Pine Forest defense during the final minutes of Friday’s game. Bright poured in a team-high 15 points in the 71-50 loss.
Newton leads varsity team’s scoring efforts

By Leon Hargrove Jr.

Sports Editor

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.

Reach sports editor Leon Hargrove Jr. by phone at 910-817-2673 or by email at [email protected] For stories, scores and updates, follow the Daily Journal’s sports section on Twitter @RCDailySports.