ROBCO Shootout Roundup: Raider defense stifles St. Pauls

Shawn Stinson

December 18, 2013

ST. PAULS — It was the perfect opening game for Richmond Senior in the annual Robeson County Shootout.

One day after Richmond coach David Laton warned his team about getting off to a slow start, the Raiders did the exact opposite.

Richmond stormed out to a 16-point first quarter lead and went on to rout St. Pauls 83-44 Wednesday night. The Raiders have now reeled off five straight victories after a season-opening loss to Cheraw.

“I feel like we did a good job tonight,” Laton said. “I thought Xavier (Davis) did a good job at point and I thought (Sidney) Neely played big for us the whole game. The key to us getting off to a strong start was Xavier and his ability to run the break.”

Neely scored all 15 of his points in the first half and pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Davis finished with five points and dished out a handful of assists. Octavius Patterson came off the bench for Richmond (5-1) to score a game-high 17 points. Tre Pettigrew added 11, all in the first eight minutes.

“We were just overmatched,” St. Pauls coach Travis Lemanski said. “I thought maybe their guards would be their weak spot, but they could shoot. I think they hit something like eight 3s against us. They have a good combination of inside-outside.”

Richmond’s defense limited St. Pauls leading scorer Malik Livingstone to five points and no Bulldog scored in double figures. Trenton Jacobs netted a team-leading seven points in the loss.

“He’s still coming back from a football injury,” Lemanski said. “He sat out a couple of games and he is just playing through some pain. Hopefully he will heal up after Christmas Break.”

Richmond girls roll over St. Pauls

For the third straight game, Richmond girls basketball coach Victoria DeFrate bragged about her team’s defense. And who would blame her?

“I was pleased with our defensive effort,” DeFrate said. “We held them to single digits in three quarters.”

That play on the defensive end sparked Richmond to a 63-31 victory over St. Pauls Wednesday night in the opening round of the Robeson County Shootout.

The Raiders limited Cheraw and Douglas Byrd to single digits in three quarters as well in their previous two outings.

St. Pauls coach Michael White knew going into the matchup his squad was going to have problems with Richmond’s size.

“We are very vertically challenged and we were out-manned from the start,” White said. “We have to run our system, but when teams get runs on us, we aren’t mature enough to stay in our offense.”

The Bulldogs tied the game at 5 midway through the first quarter before the Raiders reeled off 15 straight points to seize control of the game and support White’s assessment. St. Pauls went more than seven minutes without a field goal in the first half and lost the battle on the boards.

“Their size can be completely demoralizing,” White said. “We would block them out, but they were able to reach over the top of us. It is frustrating on defense and it turns into turnovers on offense.”

Richmond center Jade Evans took advantage of the mismatch in height to score 16 points, the majority of her baskets came on putbacks of her own misses. Shaquail Wall netted 16 as well, hitting two 3-point field goals.

Lumberton defense thrives vs. Mustangs

The Lumberton boys and girls both advanced to the semifinals with wins at home against South Robeson.

The Pirate boys beat the Mustangs 80-32 and the girls won 70-46.

Both games were a matter of strong defense.

In the boys game, Lumberton got consistent scoring to go up 40-22 at halftime and then allowed only eight more points the rest of the game.

“We got after it on defense,” Lumberton coach Mackie Register said.

The Pirate offense thrived from long distance, hitting nine 3-pointers, including 3 from Justice Sampson. Sampson led Lumberton with 18 points and Will Everett had 13.

Derrick Worley led South Robeson with 10 points and was the only Mustang to finish with more than four points.

The Lumberton girls limited South Robeson to 20 points in the second half.

“I think we wore them down,” said Lumberton coach Danny Graham.

Mariah Locklear set the tone with seven points, eight steals, five assists and six rebounds.

Asaya Graham led the Pirates with 16 points, including two 3-pointers and Randi Bullard had 10.

A’Terria Quick led South Robeson with 31 points and was one of three Mustangs that scored.

Swett swept by Dillon

Both of Purnell Swett’s teams will play in the consolation round tonight after losses to Dillon.

The Ram boys lost 97-89 in double overtime and the girls also lost.

Kendrick Purdie led Swett with 25 point in the loss and Tyler Maynor had 21.

2013 Robeson County Shootout

Admission is $6 per round.

Girls will play at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30.


First Round

Fairmont 99, Red Springs 59

Richmond 83, St. Pauls 44

Lumberton 80, South Robeson 32

Dillon 97, Purnell Swett 89, 2OT

Consolation semifinals, Thursday

St. Pauls at Red Springs

Purnell Swett at South Robeson

Semifinals, Friday

Richmond at Fairmont

Dillon at Lumberton

Placing/Championship games

Saturday at UNC Pembroke


First Round

Red Springs 41, Fairmont 38

Richmond 63, St. Pauls 31

Dillon def. Swett

Lumberton 70, South Robeson 46

Consolation semifinals, Thursday

St. Pauls vs. Fairmont at Red Springs

Purnell Swett at South Robeson

Semifinals, Friday

Richmond vs. Red Springs at Fairmont

Dillon at Lumberton

Placing/Championship games

Saturday at UNC Pembroke

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