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Richmond Academy struggles in win over Cross Creek

Richmond Academy 49, Cross Creek 39

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Moments after his team’s win, Rich­mond Academy boys basketball coach Steve Nobles was thinking about everything negative he just saw.

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Richmond Academy's Jamal Ingram (left) blocks a shot from Cross Creek's Vincent Norris. The Musketeers got off to a slow start in the second half but held on to win Monday night.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
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Richmond Academy's Jamal Ingram (left) blocks a shot from Cross Creek's Vincent Norris. The Musketeers got off to a slow start in the second half but held on to win Monday night.

“Against Washington Coun­ty, it’ll be ugly if we play like that,” Nobles said.

After jumping out to a big lead, the Musketeers hung on to beat Cross Creek 49-39 on Mon­day at Josey in the opening round of the Region 3-AAA Tour­na­ment.

Richmond Academy moves on to play Washington Coun­ty, the South’s top team.

The Musketeers used size with William Jones and strong transition play from Jonathan Brad­ley and Mar­cus Walden to go up 15 points at the half before the team slumped.

Turnovers and missed defensive assignments by Richmond Academy helped the Razor­backs claw back. The Musketeers went scoreless for more than four minutes during the second half.

Cross Creek cut the deficit to six when Treaire Moore hit his third 3-pointer of the game to make it 45-39. But with less than a minute to go, the Musketeers survived to meet Washington County, who went 10-0 in subregion play. Moore scored 15 points and was the only Razorback to score more than six points.

“They always fight, regardless,” Cross Creek coach Carlos Carter said of his team.

That fight came after it looked like Richmond Aca­demy would coast to a victory.

Jones was strong inside early, scoring six of the game’s first eight points. He also received good passes from the likes of Rashaud Lee for easy points.

Walden had three slam dunks on his way to 14 points.

Richmond Academy didn’t ensure its advancement to the quarterfinals until it forced key turnovers and converted its free throws on the last two trips to the line in the final minute.

“It seems we lose focus too easily,” Nobles said. “We have to stay focused and play four quarters.”


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