MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Sophomore Deandre Clark/Orange scored a game-high 15 points to lead No. 6 Richard Bland College to an 83-61 Region X Conference men’s basketball road victory at in-state rival Patrick Henry Community College on Wednesday night in Martinsville. Sophomore Jaquan Wooten/Kinston, North Carolinaadded 12 points, while classmate Gevon Arrington/Petersburg and freshman Stanley Taylor/Petersburg each contributed 11 points, for the visiting and nationally-ranked Statesmen (17-3, 10-1), who led 38-28 at halftime en route to their 13th win in the last 14 games. Dequariaus Harper scored 14 points for the host Patriots (10-6, 8-2).
Richard Bland was ahead 38-28 at the intermission, led by eight first-half points from Clark, including two three-point field goals. Taylor scored six points during the opening 20 minutes, followed by Wooten (5), along with freshmen Tim Bing Jr./District Heights, Maryland (5) and Robert Smith/Hampton (5).
The Statesmen extended their advantage in the second half, outscoring Patrick Henry 45-33, to provide for the final 22-point margin of victory. The Patriots did manage to close to within seven points with just over eight minutes remaining, but the visitors quickly stretched the margin to 19 points (71-52) with 4:30 left to play. Arrington led the way after the break with nine points, followed by Clark (7) and Wooten (7), as well as freshmanBrandon Henry/Chester (6) and Taylor (5).
Clark led Richard Bland with his game-high 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Wooten added 12 points for the Statesmen, while Arrington and Taylor each had 11 points. Bing, Henry and Smith each finished with eight points.
Harper led Patrick Henry with his 14 points, while Desmond Brogsdale added 12 points for the Patriots.
Richard Bland and Patrick Henry were playing for the eighth time in the sport of men’s basketball, and the series is now tied at 4-4.
Richard Bland will play on the road at Guilford Technical (N.C.) Community College on Saturday, January 28 at 3 p.m. in Jamestown, North Carolina. The Statesmen will return home to host Lenoir (N.C.) Community College next Wednesday, February 1 at 7 p.m., the first of seven home games at Statesman Hall during the month of February.
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