Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Spartans win district title

Gbolahan Adio scored a game-high 18 points and three others scored in double figures to lead Richmond Heights to a 78-66 win over Open Door Academy in a Division IV district championship game on Friday at Norton High School.

Open Door drained four 3-pointers in building a 22-14 lead but the Spartans outscored the Patriots in the second quarter, 23-10, to take a 37-32 lead into the break.

Richmond Heights outscored Open Door in the second half, 51-34, to seal their regional tournament berth.

Curtis Houston contributed to the win with 16 points and Jamarr Talbert and B.J. Carter both added 14 points for the Spartans, who improved to 19-6.

Richmond Heights will play Bristol in a regional semifinal in Canton on March 12.

Richmond Heights 78, Open Door 66

Open Door (20-5): Zaborowski 2, Brooks 13, Hunt 15, Carter 12, Bublinec 16, Dobbins 8

Richmond Heights (19-6): Houston II 16, Jones 9, Adio 18, Maxie 7, Carter 14, Talbert 14

Open Door 22 10 13 21 — 66
Richmond Hts. 14 23 15 26 — 78

Free throws: Open Door 5 of 9, Richmond Heights 12 of 16; 3-pointers: Open Door 11 (Bublinec 4, Dobbins 2, Hunt 2, Wright 2, Hunt 1), Richmond Heights 8 (Houston 3, Talbert 3, Adio 2)

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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