ROCKINGHAM — The first-ever Raider Classic Jamboree, a two-day event hosted by the Richmond boys basketball program, wrapped up play Saturday afternoon with a total of 13 games in seven hours.
All nine teams in attendance (Anson, Gray’s Creek, New Life Christian Academy, Pine Forest, Richmond A, Richmond B, Scotland, Southern Lee, Union Pines) played in at least two games on the final day of the jamboree.
“It was a little bit overwhelming, the first time ever doing it, but for the most part it was great. The kids were good, the coaches were good and the referees were good,” Richmond head coach Donald Pettigrew said. “A lot of coaches said they’re coming back (next year), so that’s always a plus. Hopefully it’ll get bigger every year we do it.”
After opening the second day with a three-point loss to Gray’s Creek, the Raiders’ varsity team (Richmond A) bounced back with a 57-50 victory over familiar foe Anson. Rising senior guards Rod Newton and Malik Stanback took advantage of the Bearcats’ zone defense, combining for all nine of the team’s made three pointers in the win.
Stanback hit five triples on his way to a game-high 19 points while Newton scored all 12 of his points from beyond the arc. Xavier Pettigrew and Jarvis Tillman each added eight points and both Savion Alford and Quamir Sivells chipped in four.
“We did good, but I think we shot too much,” Donald Pettigrew said. “The way we’ve got to play this year is inside out. I keep preaching that … Playing inside out will make it easier for everybody else.”
Richmond A was in control early against Southern Lee, its final contest of the jamboree, but eventually fell behind for good. It would drop a 49-42 decision to the Cavaliers despite Stanback (13), Pettigrew (10) and Sivells (10) all reaching double figures. Although things never got out of hand, Richmond struggled to get stops on the defensive end of the floor.
“It was up and down. We’ve got to be able to finish plays and execute what we need to do,” Donald Pettigrew said. “Guys are a little tired, but like I told them, the way we were playing (zone) defense we should’ve conserved a lot of energy.”
Richmond’s junior varsity team (Richmond B) didn’t go down without a fight on Saturday, dropping a close one to New Life Christian Academy, 44-40, in its first game and then losing another barn burner to Gray’s Creek, 50-49.
Rising freshman guard Kellan Hood led the JV squad’s second-half comeback against Gray’s Creek, as he knocked down back-to-back threes — and scored on a lay up — to bring the team within a point. Moments later, another Hood make from deep gave the Raiders a brief 47-45 lead, but the Gray’s Creek outscored them in waning minutes to escape with the one-point victory.
Richmond B was the only junior varsity team at the jamboree on Saturday.
“For us to be on JV going against varsity, we performed well,” head JV coach Tony Terry said. “We’ve still got a lot to work on, but I was glad to give my guys that opportunity.”
Richmond will be traveling to Chesterfield (S.C.) for a one-day jamboree on Monday, then prepare itself for the Powerade State Games — which are taking place at the Greensboro Coliseum — next Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24.
“This is for us to continue to get better for the season,” Donald Pettrigew added. “We’ve just got to keep working every day.”
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