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Richmond Heights Grinds Out A Win Over New Madison Tri-Village For First Title In School History

DAYTON, Ohio -Sunday night’s Division IV State Championship was methodical, slow, and low-scoring for most of the 32 minutes.

Richmond Heights wouldn’t have it any other way.

In front of a crowd of mostly Tri-Village fans due to the school’s proximity to Dayton, Richmond Heights was able to shrug off the hostile environment for their first ever state title by a lopsided score of 50-29.

It was a slow scoring start for Richmond Heights. With West Virginia commit Josiah Harris out due to an injury suffered in the semifinals, it took some time for the Spartans to adjust to a game plan without their leader.

Once they did, it was smooth sailing.

Defense was the story once again for the Spartans, as they held Tri-Village to 0-for-6 shooting to start the game.

The problem was that neither team could find the bottom of the net, with both shooting 25% in the first quarter.

Leading 9-6 in the second quarter, the starting freshman duo of DeErick Barber and Dorian Jones began to swing momentum in their favor.

Some great hustle plays paired with a couple of late buckets extended the Richmond Heights lead to 20-11, with Jones capping off the half with a third-chance tip-in.

The final play was indicative of how most of the first half went.

Richmond Heights out-rebounded Tri-Village 20 to 11. Out of those 20 Spartan rebounds, 12 of them came on offense.

The second half continued to be much of the same, with the Spartans’ size and athleticism overwhelming Tri-Village.

Jaiden Cox-Holloway started to find his stroke, knocking down three consecutive shots from beyond-the-arc to give Richmond Heights their largest lead of the game at 38-23 with 3:28 to play in regulation.

 

There was no turning back from there, as Richmond Heights rolled the rest of the way for a 50-29 victory and their first state basketball title in school history.

 

The defensive performance put together in this game was nothing short of spectacular.

Tri-Village was held to just 29 points on 31% shooting from the field. Richmond Heights forced 16 turnovers while accumulating 10 steals and five blocked shots.

Leading the charge was senior Jaiden Cox-Holloway, who finished his final high school game with 18 points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Detric Hearst, filling in for Josiah Harris, stuffed his stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.

For Tri-Village, Layne Sarver and Josh Scantland combined for 20 of Tri-Village’s 29 points.

Richmond Heights will likely celebrate their first ever state title well into the night. As for the future under head coach Quentin Rodgers, things are looking very bright.

Dorian Jones and DeErick Barber already have medals to their name as freshmen. Should they return to the Spartans next season, a dynasty could be in the making in the outskirts of Cleveland.

Final stats: http://archive.statbroadcast.com/404740.pdf

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