INDIANAPOLIS Davious Webster converted a four-point play in the first quarter to give Richmond its first lead of the game.
He had another 3 in the second that also gave them the lead after Pike was ahead for the majority of the frame.
Big plays came from all around as Webster was one of four Red Devils to finish in double figures in Richmond’s 78-66 semifinal victory over Indianapolis Pike in Saturday morning’s IHSAA Southport Regional semifinal.
“It just brung excitement,” Webster said of his four-point play that made it 8-6 Richmond at the time. “It was a good shot at the time and the dude closed out early and fouled me. It brought a lot of intensity for us, but we didn’t want to focus on that. We just wanted to keep playing and keep making stuff happen.”
Webster made stuff happen with a game-high 20 points, while Auntonio Browns added 18, Joel Okafor 17 and Isaiah Rader 12.
Pike led 6-4 before Webster’s four-point play made it 8-6 and Okafor followed with a three-point play that made it 11-6 Richmond.
Pike responded with eight straight points that started a 14-2 run to lead 20-13 early in the second quarter.
Webster had the only two points for Richmond in that span, ending the first quarter to get Richmond within 15-13, and Brown scored with 6:47 in the second quarter to make it 20-15 Pike.
Pike remained ahead before Webster scored five straight points, the last of those on a 3 that made it 30-28 Richmond.
Tahjai Teague responded with a 3 for Pike, before Brown gave Richmond a 32-31 lead right before halftime. They never trailed again.
Brown scored 10 of his points in the third quarter, helping Richmond pull away grab their biggest lead of the night, 52-39.
“Once our guards kept getting to the rim easy and dishing it off to me and we kept constantly doing that and breaking them down, and once we realized that they were tired I just realized this is our game. We’re not going home,” Brown said. “We’ve been talking about this since we were little kids, talking about getting to the semistate, seeing the big crowd, big lights, making it to state. … Once we saw that they were tired, we just kept drilling them, drilling them, going at them. We just knew we weren’t going home.”
Pike scored the last three points of the frame and Richmond led 52-42 after three.
Pike (18-9) got within seven in the fourth quarter, but Richmond made just enough plays to come out on top.
Tommy Luce added six points for Richmond, Adrion Burns had four and Bryce Austin one.
Teague led Pike with 15 points, all in the first half, while Jeffery White added 13. Justin Roberts and Derek Hawthorne each had 11.
Pike was coming off its fifth straight sectional championship, while it’s the second straight for Richmond.
“I’m not sure that anybody did anything that they’re not capable of doing, and we’ve stayed really true to that and that’s just being us and being who we are,” Richmond coach Joe Luce said.
“… Long story short, it was an overall great team win and very proud of them.”