One down for the Red Devils. Next up is No. 4.
After opening up in impressive fashion Wednesday night, Richmond’s boys basketball team’s next tilt is the Nov. 30 road trip to North Central. The Indianapolis-based program is ranked fourth in the Class 4A preseason poll.
Richmond is 1-0 after knocking off Northeastern 95-34. North Central is 0-1 after opening with a 82-77 loss to Pike.
“We’re coming back (today) and taking a look at some of the things we can improve on, and then Monday get started on North Central,” said RHS coach Joe Luce.
Richmond looked pretty sharp in its opener.
The Red Devils connected on 18 3-pointers, scored the game’s first 18 points and started off 6-of-6 from the field.
They didn’t slow down. Richmond rolled to a 56-11 lead by halftime as 11 different Red Devils contributed points.
Kendal Baker paced RHS with his game-high 16 points, while Davious Webster netted 15 and Charles Hampton and Reggie Jones each added 13.
“It was just showing the crowd that everybody can shoot,” Webster said.
“It feels great. We’re just focusing on North Central and trying to get that win. That’s going to take hard practices.”
It’s the second straight year the Red Devils have opened with the Knights and followed with the Panthers.
Richmond defeated Northeastern 93-47 in 2011, then fell 76-68 to North Central, which was ranked No. 1 in the state at the time.
“When you go to Indianapolis, it’s an opportunity to showcase yourself for the state of Indiana, especially against a program like North Central,” Luce said. “We hope to be able to get our program to the level of that, playing in the state tournament and doing the things that they’ve done over the course of time with Doug Mitchell as their coach.”
Baker had a team-high four 3-pointers for Richmond in the victory over the Knights, and Hampton and Webster each added three.
Trey Sanders, Nathan Jones, Reggie Jones, Joel Okafor, Abdul Shabazz and Michael Tillman also swished treys for the Red Devils.
“All of them are capable of making shots,” Luce said. “Ultimately are we a 3-point shooting team, or a driving team, I don’t think so. I think when we become really good, you’ll see some of our guards have some back to the basket play. I think we just took the shots that came open and we passed the basketball and really looked out for each other.”
Knights open TEC play Saturday
Northeastern looks to rebound with Saturday’s Tri-Eastern Conference opener. The Knights play host to Tri High.
It’ll be the first of back-to-back home conference games for Northeastern. The Knights also play host Nov. 30 to Centerville.
“This doesn’t hamper our season one bit. Our goals are still intact,” said Northeastern coach Brent Ross. “We’ve got a conference game on Saturday and Centerville on the following Friday.
” … We want to put ourselves in a position to have a chance, and we didn’t do that (against Richmond). A lot of that had to do with them. They didn’t allow us to do that.”
Andy Scripture had 11 points to lead Northeastern against Richmond, and Alex Smith added eight. Both Scripture and Smith had five rebounds.