PEMBROKE — For the second night in a row, the Purnell Swett basketball team faced an opponent fresh off an extended break because of bad weather.
And similar to Monday’s loss to Lumberton, the Rams struggled at home against a hot-shooting Richmond team that had gone 10 days without a game. The Raiders scorched the nets in the opening 16 minutes en route to an 86-75 victory.
“That was the best half we played all year in the first,” Richmond coach David Laton said. “We rebounded well and we blocked shots. I bet we had at least eight or nine blocks tonight.”
Just as in the previous meeting, Purnell Swett (3-12, 1-5) coach Jeremy Sampson knew it was going to tough for his undersized team to matchup up with the bigger Richmond (12-5, 4-1) team. Despite the mismatch, Sampson was pleased with the way the Rams battled to the end.
“I told my guys I’m not upset with the effort tonight,” Sampson said. “The effort was there tonight. Trying to stop their length and athleticism is tough, but I thought our effort was there and we scrapped tonight.”
Richmond’s size was the key to jumping out to a 52-38 lead at halftime as well as scoring a season-high 86 points. The Raiders scored 29 points inside the paint in the first half.
“I told my guys when you are that small, you have to put a body against somebody,” Sampson said. “Some of the guys are scared of contact, but we have to put a body against somebody.”
When the Raiders weren’t pounding the ball inside, Greg Patterson was making the Rams pay on the outside. Patterson scored a game-high 26 points to lead five Richmond players in double figures.
Sidney Neely added 19 points for the Raiders and Tre Pettigrew knocked down 15 for the Raiders. T.J. Watkins had 12 and Raheem Bowden chipped in with 10.
Purnell Swett’s Kendrick Purdie scored a team-high 21, Tyler Maynor added 15 and Josh Brooks came off the bench to score 14.
In other SEC boys matchups Tuesday Scotland stopped Pinecrest 53-36 and Lumberton (9-10) lost 65-51 to Hoke.
Swett girls doubled-up in loss
Tuesday was both good and bad for the Purnell Swett girls basketball team.
The Rams (5-11, 0-6) held Richmond to its lowest scoring total of the season, but also put up a season low in a 43-17 loss.
The struggles included a scoreless first quarter and a late rally in the fourth that was cut short.
Jade Evans scored a game-high 13 points for the Raiders and was the only player from both teams to reach double figures.
In other SEC matchups, Scotland improved to 5-0 in conference play with a 51-22 win over Pinecrest and Lumberton defeated Hoke 43-40 to stay in the playoff hunt.