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January 26, 2014

Logan's strong effort not enough against Richmond

Berries play well but fall short against Richmond

Logansport’s boys basketball had the type of response from the Marion blowout that coach Pat Skaggs was looking for.

It just wasn’t enough against another North Central Conference heavyweight, Richmond, on Saturday afternoon. The older and more experienced Red Devils opened the second half with a big run and pulled away late in an 86-81 win at the Berry Bowl.

It was a well-played game by both teams. Richmond improved to 11-1 and 3-0 in the NCC. Logan dropped to 8-3 and 0-3.

Richmond made the long trek to Logan on Friday night and stayed in a hotel to make the game possible as every other area event this weekend was postponed.

“I was really glad that we got the game in. I think we needed a game,” Skaggs said.

The Berries, who had lost at Marion by 34 eight days earlier, came out and played one of their best halves of the season and led Richmond 38-36 at the break.

The Berries had a little blip at the start of the second half. They committed three of their 16 turnovers early in the half, and the Red Devils made them pay, as they opened with a quick 11-0 run to take a 47-38 lead just 1:30 into the half.

Mike Tillman, who led the Red Devils with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds, hit two of his seven 3-pointers during the burst.

“I thought we had that game. We just couldn’t handle their press right out of the second half,” Logan senior Andrew Wamsley said. “But other than that we played a great game coming off a week break. I thought out of our three losses, that was easily the best one. We never gave up.”

The Berries came back to tie the game at 58-all late in the third quarter on a pair of Matt Jennings free throws. Richmond took a 59-58 lead after three when Joel Okafor hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4.8 seconds left in the frame. Jalen Adaway was called for his fourth foul on the play that the Logansport fans made sure to let the refs know they did not agree with.

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