Wednesday, the Red Devils headed to southern Madison County to face off with the Pendleton Heights Arabians. The Red Devils would have to alter their strategy, because earlier in the day, Jordan Stole left school sick and wouldn’t play. When Richmond arrived to Pendleton, they realized their entire game strategy had to adjust because Arabian center Tristian Ross was ill as well.
Richmond would win the tip, but miss their first shot, resulting in Pendleton Heights putting points on the board first. Richmond would then find their groove and start laying on the scores. At one point the Red Devils were up by 11 before the Arabians started to claw back. There were several fouls, including one technical called on Tytan Newton for clapping, which put the Arabians back in the game. Then it got interesting.
The 4th quarter started out tied at 50-50. Richmond and Pendleton traded shots, before Pendleton grabbed the lead. Richmond scored a bucket and regained the lead, and then Pendleton did the exact same thing. With just seconds left on the clock, and Pendleton Heights up by two, Tytan Newton had the ball for the Red Devils, drove the paint and was fouled. He went to the free throw line and sunk both shots, which forced overtime.
In overtime, the Red Devils overpowered the Arabians, and won 77-71. This victory was huge for the Red Devils. It was the 3rd game in 5 days, just like in sectionals. It was a victory over a potential sectional opponent. The team was without a starter, forcing Ty Harris to step up as a starter, and Dorian Hill to step up to Varsity.
This team, if they continue to play Red Devil basketball, could make some noise come March. But first, they have to endure the 9 day break, and then hosting one of the tougher teams in the conference, Harrison. As both Coach Baz and Coach Bennett say “One Game at a Time”.
Final score 77-71 in OT