Red-hot Red Devils roll into quarterfinal

Red-hot Red Devils roll into quarterfinal


Red-hot Red Devils roll into quarterfinal


Richmond’s long layoff did nothing to cool down the Red Devils.

And Rock Creek Academy couldn’t cool off Richmond’s red-hot shooting from the outside as the Red Devils made a record number of 3-pointers.

Richmond is in the quarterfinals of the seventh annual Bob Wettig Tournament after Thursday’s 86-38 victory over Rock Creek Academy at Tiernan Center.

The Red Devils play Floyd Central at 8:30 tonight.

Richmond’s last official game was Dec. 20 at Huntington North.

“We’ve been practicing hard, so it’s like we haven’t taken a break,” said RHS senior Mike Tillman. “Coach has been having us bring the intensity, and that’s what we did tonight.”

They also brought a tournament-record 13 3-pointers.

Six of those came from Kendal Baker, who netted a game-high 22 points. Tillman swished five treys and Davious Webster two.

Tillman and Webster scored 17 points each.

“It was a good team win. Everybody did what they had to do,” said Baker, who made his first eight shots.

“Once our guards drove in the middle and sucked in the defense, it just got us easy open shots.”

Tillman and Baker had four treys each in the first half. Tillman connected on a quartet of 3s in the first quarter, while Baker was 2-for-2 in both the first and second quarters.

Tillman knocked down three straight at one point, lifting the Red Devils from a 7-4 deficit.

It was all Richmond from that point.

The Red Devils ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run, then put together a 9-0 run in the next frame. They held a 48-22 advantage at halftime.

“Obviously we shot the ball really well, and that just makes everything different,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “We played really well. We played hard. We transitioned. We pushed the ball. We had so many assists. I just thought we were really unselfish and cared about our teammates and took care of them tonight.”

Richmond continued to roll in the second half.

The Red Devils surged with an 11-0 run to push their lead to 30-plus. Webster and Joel Okafor both had steals and baskets, and Webster capped the run with a trey that made it 59-22.

Baker’s sixth 3-pointer of the night tied the tournament record for 3-pointers at 12 early in the fourth quarter, and Tillman’s fifth gave the Red Devils No. 13 on Richmond’s next possession.

Tipton made 12 3-pointers in 2010, and Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) had the same in 2012.

“We took great shots,” Luce said. “We made shots that we make regularly in practice. I think you just have to remember that somebody is getting them open. Nobody was creating on their own tonight. It was all off of transition or off of really good passing.”

Isaiah Rader had eight assists for RHS, and Okafor added eight points, six rebounds and four assists.

Auntonio Brown scored seven for the Red Devils (6-0), with Tillman adding six rebounds and Zach Lett five rebounds and five points.

Richmond was playing its first official game since Dec. 20, and its first home game since Dec. 7.

The Red Devils halted Huntington North 74-51 to rise to 5-0, then traveled the next night to Upper Arlington in Columbus, Ohio. The squads played three quarters before play was suspended because of condensation on the court.

“Everybody was upbeat. Everybody was feeling pretty good,” Baker said.

The quarterfinals begin at 4 p.m. today with Fort Wayne North vs. Jennings County. Defending champion Columbus North faces Bedford North Lawrence at 5:30, followed by Jeffersonville vs. Norwell at 7.

“We’re excited,” Tillman said. “We’re going to forget about this game tonight, short memory, and we’re going to come out and play hard (in the quarterfinal).”

JV tournament

Richmond’s teams went 3-1 in Thursday’s Wettig JV Tournament.

Richmond Red defeated Columbus North 39-35 and Floyd Central 35-21, while Richmond White halted East Central before falling 31-29 to Floyd Central.

Richmond Red plays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. today at Dennis Middle School, while Richmond White is in action at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., also at Dennis.


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