Richmond saw a comfortable lead turn to a late deficit.
But the streaking Devils (17-7) found enough offense to outlast Greenfield-Central 54-48 in the opening round of the Class 4A sectional at Muncie Central on Wednesday.
The win was Richmond’s 12th straight and moved them to Friday night’s semifinal where they will face off against the host Bearcats.
Seniors Koream Jett and Jordan Stolle willed Richmond to the win after Greenfield erased a double-digit second half deficit and twice took the lead. But Jett and Stolle weren’t ready for their careers to end as both connected on 3-point makes in the closing minutes to help the Devils reestablish the lead.
Jett connected from the top-of-the key and Stolle nailed a contested jumper that sent a boisterous Red Devil crowd into a frenzy.
Jett, Tylan Harris, and Messiah Tyler each added critical free throws in the closing seconds to help Richmond survive a cold-shooting night plagued with foul trouble.
Jett had a game-high 19 points, while Harris chipped in 11.
Tytan Newton had nine points before fouling out, while Stolle added five points. Rafael Deane and Cleevas Craig each had four points.
Richmond played patiently throughout the first half in building a 25-15 halftime advantage and carried a comfortable lead into the fourth. But Greenfield-Central (12-12) came roaring back and twice took the lead in the game’s final minutes.
Richmond returns to action on Friday in the second semifinal that will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. New Palestine and Mt. Vernon will face off in the first semifinal game. Tickets are $6 at the door.