2018-01-19 / Sports

Bobcats run past Wolverines, 79-46

Richmond boys improve to 10-2
Times Record Staff


There was a period of time during Thursday’s Mountain Valley Conference boys high school basketball game that Richmond looked a bit bored and simply put, lethargic.

Playing against winless Wiscasset, the Bobcats led 17-5 after the opening quarter, with Zach Small scoring 11 of his game-high 38 points.

In the second quarter, Zach Reed, who paced the Wolverines with 23 points, scored eight and helped Wiscasset stay in the contest by outscoring Richmond, 14-13, to finish the first half down by just 11, 30-19.

“There was a lull there, but credit to them as Wiscasset did what it needed to do by getting the ball down to Reed, who did a nice job,” said Richmond (10-2) coach Phil Houdlette after his team picked up the tempo in the second half en route to a 79-46 win. “We slept-walked a little bit, and you should come out every time and compete as hard as you can.”

“Wiscasset is hungry for a win, and I don’t think we were mentally prepared for the game in the first half,” said Richmond guard Matt Holt, who had 18 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. “We are tough playing as a fast-break team. Sometimes we’re lackadaisical on defense, and sometimes we take poor shots. We will have to do that better going forward.”

Reed was tough for Richmond to handle. The senior center, who returned from the injured list recently, pulled down 10 rebounds.

“I have been trying to get back into basketball shape, and I think I am better now,” said Reed. “We are growing as a team.”

“We definitely see glimpses, but the difference between jayvee and varsity is you can’t play 20, 22 good minutes. To win in the MVC, you have to play 32 good minutes,” said Wiscasset (0-13) first-year coach Seth Farrington. “The kids fight, and they still come to practice hungry for basketball.”

Richmond came out quickly. After Reed’s three-point play gave Wiscasset a 3-2 lead, Small took over, scoring nine straight points in giving the Bobcats an 11-3 lead. Holt scored off a steal and closed the quarter with a buzzer-beating jumper from the free-throw line. Small and Holt combined for all 17 of Richmond’s first-quarter points.

“They have two dynamite scorers, and every team plays the same type of concept against them, but they can light it up quick,” said Farrington of Holt and Small. “We wanted it to be a slugfest, kind of what we did in the second quarter. We looked to chop it up.”

Trailing 22-7, the Wolverines began a run led by Reed, who had eight points and six rebounds in the second quarter. Kobe Carrier swished a pair of outside shots, and Chris Loyola made two free throws as Wiscasset stayed close.

The Wolverines were especially deadly from the charity stripe, going 11-of- 12 in the first half.

“We got into foul trouble,” said Houdlette, who saw forward Casey Gorman pick up his third, with Small remaining on the bench throughout the quarter with two fouls.

Richmond runs Small and Holt took the game over in the third quarter. Holt had three steals and dished out five assists, with Small scoring 14 points as the lead grew to 57-37.

“Their guards weren’t shooting from the outside, and what they were doing was going to the basket and trying to get the ball to Reed,” said Houdlette, whose Bobcats travel to Carrabec on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. contest. “We were getting into those lanes and getting to the passer to make it a bit harder.”

“In the second half, they forced turnovers and played in space, and those kids playing in space, there are not too many better in the MVC,” Farrington added.

Despite being double-teamed, Reed still scored 10 second-half points.

“We had to double him. He is a big guy that just keeps crashing,” said Holt of Reed.

A 12-0 run to open the fourth quarter put Wiscasset away, with Small twice stepping outside for long 3-pointers. Holt added three more assists to his total, while Calob Densmore came off the Richmond bench to chip in 13 points. The Bobcats shot 50- percent (33-of-66) for the game and made 6-of-11 at the free-throw line.

Houdlette feels with his team’s tough closing schedule, including two matchups with undefeated Hall-Dale (home on Wednesday; at Hall-Dale Feb. 5), the Bobcats are going to have to figure out how to avoid the lulls.

“The games against Hall- Dale, when you get into a lull you have to execute because if you don’t, you can stay in it for a long time,” Houdlette said.

Ron Drake scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter for Wiscasset, which hosts Telstar on Saturday (2:30 p.m.). Carrier had nine points, including the only trey for the Wolverines.

Richmond 79, Wiscasset 46

At Richmond

Wiscasset 5 14 18 9 46
Richmond 17 13 27 22 79

Wiscasset — Ron Drake 3-4-10,
Josh Gabriele 0-0-0, Matt Chapman 0-0-0, Kobe Carrier 4-0-9,
Zach Reed 6-11-23, Caleb
Gabriele 0-0-0, Chris Loyola 0-2-
2, Billy Pinkham 1-0-2, Dylan Orr
0-0-0, Noah Haggett 0-0-0, Ryan
Medina 0-0-0. Totals — 14-17-46.
Richmond — Matt Rines 8-1-18,
Nate Kendrick 1-0-3, Casey Gorman 2-0-4, Zach Small 15-4-38,
Dan Stewart 1-0-2, Nick Ridenour
0-1-1, Calob Densmore 6-0-13,
Nick Adams 0-0-0, Dakotah
Gilpatric 0-0-0, Kenny Bing 0-0-0,
Isaac Cappen 0-0-0. Totals — 33-
3-point field goals — (W) Carrier;
(R) Small 4, Rines, Kendrick,
Records — Richmond 10-2, Wiscasset 0-13.
Up next for the Wolverines
Saturday at home vs. Telstar, 2:30
Up next for the Bobcats — Saturday at Carrabec, 2:30 p.m.

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