Richmond’s two-game win streak was snapped in an 81-66 loss at Marion in the conference opener for both teams.
Richmond (2-2) led after one quarter, but foul trouble and the free throw line helped the Giants (3-2, 1-0 NCC) build a 10-point halftime lead. The Red Devils rallied early in the fourth to trim what was once a 14-point lead to seven with just less than six minutes remaining. But, the Giants took advantage of 25 free throw attempts to ice the game.
Andrew Kroft topped the Red Devils with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocked shots. Senior Cleevas Craig added his own double double, accounting for 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field and also totaling 11 rebounds.
Jordan Stolle and Tylan Harris each chipped in eight points apiece. Koream Jett played a solid floor game as he totaled six assists and four rebounds, while handling the challenging assignment of guarding Jalen Blackmon, one of the state’s leading scorers.
Richmond returns to conference play on Friday when they are host to Indianapolis Tech at Tiernan Center. It will be Richmond’s “Silent Night” game. Check the website for more information later in the week.
The Red Devil junior varsity also came up short, falling 53-48 at Marion on Friday. Sophomore Trenton James topped the Devils with 12 poitns, while Levon Jordan was also in double figures with 11.
Richmond’s freshman team improved to 3-0 on the year with a dominating 51-28 victory against the Giants. Kanin Turner had nine of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter where the Devils outscored Marion 17-3. Nick Whalen chipped in eight points, including a 65 foot 3-pointer to close the first half.