Four games in, and Richmond’s boys basketball team has displayed one thing in all four of those games.
The Red Devils have options when it comes to personnel.
Friday night at the Spartan Bowl, Richmond had nine score as the Red Devils won their first road game of the season by pulling away from Connersville 51-37.
One night later, seven Devils recorded points in a 62-58 victory over Taylor County (Ky.) as the final game of the Louisville High School HoopFest at Iroquois High School in Louisville, Ky.
Richmond needed that balance to fend off a Taylor County team that pulled within three late, despite being down 61-51 with less than 2 minutes to play.
The Cardinals are a very talented squad. Freshman David Sloan led all scorers with 21 points, while Quentin Goodin, considered one of the top sophomores in the state who has drawn significant Division I interest, finished with 19.
Sloan, Goodin and teammate Caleb Wigginton combined for nearly 90 percent of Taylor County’s scoring that night.
Then look at the Red Devils, who got major contributions from up and down the lineup — both nights.
Abdul Shabazz scored seven of his nine points in the third quarter, with Mike Tillman and Kendal Baker both swishing critical 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Zach Lett, Shabazz, Tillman and Devin Thomas pulled down 24 rebounds, with the 6-foot-9 Lett leading the way with eight.
Richmond coach Joe Luce said following Saturday’s win that a key to that victory was the Red Devil bench wearing down its opponent.
There was also the awareness that Richmond will need to close games out more effectively, along with improvement at the free-throw line. The Red Devils are now ranked 20th in the latest Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll that was released Sunday night.
The road games continue this weekend. Richmond (4-0) travels Friday to Huntington North for the start of North Central Conference play, then is at Upper Arlington (Ohio) on Saturday.
The Vikings are off to a good start, too. They are 4-1 following a 58-57 overtime win at New Haven on Dec. 11.
Kyle Platt and Caleb Landrum lead Huntington in scoring with 13.8 and 13 points, respectively. Keaton Irwin also averages double figures with 10 per game.
The Vikings have long-range weapons, too. They are shooting 50 percent in 3-pointers (41-82).