Saturday was the 2nd trip up to Marion and Bill Green Arena for the Red Devils, but this time it was to play in the Marion Classic, a yearly invite for schools to play other teams outside of their normal schedule on a neutral court. A good preparation for the post season. Richmond had participated in the Marion Classic last year, but this year the match up was a bit more…personal, at least for Coach Shabaz Khaliq. The Red Devils would face off with Fort Wayne North, his former team of 8 years.
The Red Devils would attack fast off the tip and they turned on the jets never to look back. At the end of the 1st quarter, Richmond would lead by 19, 29-10. The kept up the heat in the 2nd quarter as well, finishing up the half 52-25. After intermission, The Legends tried everything to trip up the Red Devils, but to no success. In fact, with about a minute left in the game, and Richmond up 85-60, Coach Baz sat all the starters and sent out several JV players to give them some Varsity experience.
This was another game that was a morale and confidence boost. It also proved to the team, they could go into a neutral gym, and take on an opponent, in the afternoon, that they would normally not face in the regular season. Regionals anyone? The victory brought the Red Devils up to a .454 winning percentage on the season so far and gave the team a much-needed reward for all of the close games the team had lost. Richmond is just now hitting the mid-point of the season and now the pieces are starting to fall into the right places.
Final score 85-65