Richmond took care of business on Saturday.
Then, the Red Devils turned their focus toward Friday.
Kendal Baker led three Devils in double figures Saturday afternoon with 17 points, and Richmond rolled to an 85-65 victory over Indianapolis Crispus Attucks at Tiernan Center.
“We just didn’t want to use any excuses tonight. … We just came out ready to play,” said RHS’ Auntonio Brown.
And ready for a rout.
The Red Devils, leading 9-3, scored 20 straight points and never looked back.
Baker netted 11 of his points in the first quarter as RHS sprinted to a 29-6 lead. That advantage swelled to 59-20 by halftime, and the Red Devils led by as many as 44 in the second half.
Richmond now has its sights set on Friday’s North Central Conference showdown with Kokomo. Win, and the Red Devils own the NCC championship outright for the first time since 1988.
“We rebounded very well and passed the ball,” said Devin Thomas, who scored 13 points with five rebounds for RHS.
“We lost to North Central (on Feb. 8), then we got our minds right and got ready for the next couple of games.”
Brown added 11 points and five rebounds.
“We came out and played with a purpose,” said RHS coach Joe Luce, whose squad is ranked 10th in Class 4A and 11th in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll.
“We just played really, really well, and took them out of it. That’s a team (Crispus Attucks) that’s going to win their sectional possibly, a team that’s going to have some success. It was a good game to get our guys out there again and just play with some real confidence.”
Richmond improved to 16-2 as the Red Devils won a second straight game. RHS halted Warren Central 64-52 on Thursday.
“We shouldn’t have lost that North Central game, so we just had to come ready to play against Warren and got that ‘W,'” Brown said. “We just had to handle business today.”
Mike Tillman scored eight points, while Davious Webster and Zach Lett each had seven with Nick Thomas adding six.
Thirteen Red Devils contributed points as Richmond’s junior varsity saw the majority of the fourth-quarter minutes.
Isaiah Rader, Abdul Shabazz, Joel Okafor, Brendan Vanlandingham, Bryce Austin and Evan Williams also scored for Richmond, with Williams contributing five points in the final frame.
Richmond led 76-39 entering the fourth quarter. Devon Briggs scored 21 to pace Attucks (7-9).
“We came out ready to play. It was great to get another win,” Devin Thomas said. “We’ve got to focus on Kokomo for the conference championship.”
Added Brown: “Everybody got to play tonight, and that’s always a good thing. Now we’re just trying to get mentally prepared for Kokomo.”
Richmond secured at least a share of its eighth overall NCC title by defeating Anderson 57-35 on Feb. 7. The Red Devils are 5-0 in the NCC, with Marion the only other team still able to tie at the top at 4-1.
Kokomo is 3-2 in the NCC and 12-6 overall after Saturday’s 61-48 win over McCutcheon. Tip-off is 8 p.m. Friday.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position to win a championship outright, and we’re at home,” Luce said. “We’ve had this game come up now for a third year in a row and it’s been a big game. We need to get over the hump and find a way to win in front of a home crowd.”