No rest for the Red Devils.
Fresh off four games in three days in the annual Wettig Memorial Tournament, Richmond is on its way to Fort Wayne on Tuesday for the Red Devils’ first road game in a month.
RHS faces Zionsville at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne Coliseum as part of the Super Hoops New Year’s Classic.
Tickets are $12 at the gate.
“We want to do everything we can to showcase our program and showcase our guys,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “This is an opportunity to play in an event at the Fort Wayne Coliseum in a different part of the state against a good Zionsville team.”
Zionsville is 5-3 after winning its own tournament this past Saturday. The Eagles downed Decatur Central 69-62, then knocked off Franklin Central 54-22 in the championship.
Zionsville’s scoring threats include Dalton Judd, Andrew Dakich and Derik Smits. Smits, the son of former Indiana Pacer Rik Smits, is 6-foot-10. Dakich is the son of former Indiana University interim coach and Bowling Green head coach Dan Dakich.
RHS is 8-3 and coming off a 3-1 performance in the Wettig. The Red Devils ended the tournament with a 61-55 victory over Guerin Catholic in the third-place game.
“I think they are a team that is very similar to Guerin,” Luce said of Zionsville. “The Smits kid is a huge inside presence. Dakich is a really nice player. They are not going to beat themselves. They are going to play very hard.”
Charles Hampton leads Richmond with 14.5 points per game, followed by Joel Okafor’s 11 and Davious Webster’s 9.7.
Hampton and Okafor were both on the Wettig All-Tournament Team.
“Whatever comes to us, we’re going to compete with them,” Webster said. “I like playing against teams like this. It gives us more experience.”
The RHS-Zionsville game is one of five at the Coliseum on New Year’s Day.
New Prairie meets South Bend St. Joseph at 1:15 p.m., followed by Lafayette Jeff and Valparaiso at 3 and Columbia City vs. Northridge at 4:45.
New Haven and Huntington North close the Classic at 8:15.
“We want to play competitive teams that will get us better,” Luce said. “We want to be at the right places to expose our guys as much as we can. The opportunity to play in something such as the Classic in Fort Wayne is a great opportunity for our program.”