Richland Northeast opened the Chick-fil-A Classic with a 54-41 win over Lower Richland on Monday at Blythewood.
Neither team shot the ball accurately. In fact both the winning Cavaliers and the Diamond Hornets finished with unimpressive .347 field goal percentages after converting just 17 of 49 pops from the field.
RNE’s Mike Murphy and LR’s Vince Hicklin were the only player to finish with double-digit production. Murphy scored 10 points, while Hicklin took game scoring honors with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. Hicklin also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked three shots in his 23 minutes of play off the bench.
The Diamond Hornets (3-5) led for the first 11 minutes of the game, but the Cavaliers (9-3) pulled even at 12-12 on a 3-pointer by Ryan Quarles at the 8:04 mark of the first half and took the lead for good on a score off the offensive glass by Kelvin Cruise about a minute later.
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Lower Richland plays again at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, while RNE plays the final game on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.