Richmond’s 17-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday, but the Red Devils boys basketball team has another streak it’s looking to extend Friday night.
Richmond has won 14 straight North Central Conference games and has a chance to become the first team to complete a 9-0 run through the NCC.
Kokomo had the last NCC win over Richmond in 2013, and visits Tiernan Center for an 8 p.m. varsity tip-off.
The Special Olympics of Wayne County will play for 10 minutes after the 6:30 p.m. junior varsity game.
“Unfortunately we got beat and we’re proud of the fact we were able to win that many games in a row,” Richmond coach Joe Luce said.
“We know that we do have this other streak and that’s 14 games in the North Central Conference and we want to push that into another game and carry it into next year and go back-to-back with undefeated championships in what I believe is still one of the top basketball conferences in the state.”
Richmond averages 69 points per game and allows 57, while the Wildkats (10-10, 3-5) average 60.3 points and allow 60.9.
Jordan Matthews leads Kokomo with 18.4 points per game, while Ty Sparkling is second on the team with 9.7.
Kyle Wade and Marcelle Kenner each average five rebounds per game while Jeron Gray dishes out 3.1 assists.
Matt Moore is in his first year as head coach and has the Wildkats on a five-game winning streak.
“Kokomo’s a team that’s played very well as of late. They’re under a new coach that’s gotten their attention and the fact that they’re playing his style of basketball,” Luce said. ” … They’ve won five in a row, very disciplined and a team that’s just improving.”
Richmond plays three games this week, including Saturday against Mt. Vernon. Junior varsity tips off at 2 p.m., followed by varsity around 3:30.
The sectional draw is Sunday, before the final game of the season Feb. 27 against Fort Wayne Wayne.
“It’s a good thing to have this type of week where we are in a little bit of a sectional-type feeling with three games in the week and it’s still not one-and-done at this point, but a week from now it will be one-and-done,” Luce said.
AT A GLANCE
• What: Kokomo at Richmond boys basketball
• When/where: 8 p.m. Friday at Tiernan Center
• Records: Richmond is 18-3, 8-0 in North Central Conference; Kokomo is 10-10, 3-5
• Last meeting: Richmond won 81-73 last year
• Next: Richmond hosts Mt. Vernon (10-8) 3:30 p.m. Saturday; Kokomo hosts Fort Wayne Northrop Feb. 27