By Joseph Hayes
RICHMOND – It was a raucous and lively atmosphere.
So much so, that you could have easily mistaken it for a postseason game.
But Friday’s Blue Water Area Conference contest between the Richmond and Armada boys basketball teams simply had extra bragging rights on the line.
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In the first match-up between the cross-town rivals, it was Armada that would walk away as the winner on its own court.
On Friday however, it was Richmond’s turn to befuddle the road team, en route to a 64-36 victory.
Armada was missing a few players in its lineup due to suspension and Richmond took full advantage, pressing and harassing the Tigers for the full length of the court for most of the game.
“We played 100 percent pressure the whole game,” Richmond coach Josh Presnell said. “We didn’t do that the first time either. Coming in, we have been starting to play pressure.
“We have been feeling each other out and it is starting to click. We want to get stronger the further we go. We are emphasizing playing for four quarters.”
When the Tigers weren’t struggling with turnovers, they were struggling to deal with Richmond’s balanced lineup, led by senior Daveyon Henderson, who had a game-high 17 points in the victory.
“It all started at practice,” he said after the win. “We had a serious attitude and it led into the game.”
Justin Schweiger added 11 points for Richmond and Brandon Schorman and D’Quan Haskins each scored eight.
Richmond led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter and 30-20 at halftime. They begin to take charge in the second half, opening the third quarter on a 6-0 run that continued to push the game out of striking distance.
Engineering it all was the press, which came off of three quarter traps and had nearly all of the line-up contributing.
Up next for Richmond is a Showcase game against BWAC leader Croswell-Lexington at Richmond on Tuesday.
“We have to play mistake free,” Presnell said. “We have to play pressure. We have to rebound.”