The warm-up for a Richmond tradition, the Annual Candy Cane Classic, has begun in the form of the Turkey Shoot 2014.
After adding a seventh and final team, the City of Richmond league is now in full swing. Opening night on Nov. 6 proved the kids had not missed a beat from last season.
In the first game, the Richmond Panthers fell to W.H. Helms 54-39. Helms trailed by 9 points at the half and saw their opponent’s lead increase partly due to fouls.
The nightcap featured last year’s regular season champs, Richmond Rockets, against Richmond Recreation Complex 2.
The Rockets, which won 48-38, jumped out early and led by 11 at the half. Before the end of the second half, the Rockets found themselves in “double penalty” which led to 2 free throw shots for all fouls thereafter. Despite this, the highly talented, height-challenged Rockets cruised to an opening night win.
In Week 2 action played on Nov. 13, Helms notched its first season victory over Recreation Complex One, 49-30. Helms jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
In the second game, Richmond RPAL, playing its first season game with an extremely deep bench, was edged by Recreation Complex Two 38-36 in a barnburner. RC2 relied on conditioning, heart and pure will to withstand the RPAL’s fresh players and took a 4-point lead at the half. Led by a 20-point performance by its big, the team managed to stave off RPAL.
The above information was provided by Vencel Alfred, a Recreation Leader for the city.