In the first scrimmage between local GHSA schools, coach Steve Nobles' Richmond Academy squad looked poised to improve significantly on last year's 2012-13 6th place sub region 3B-AAAA finish. 6'6" senior Frank Roberts leads a foursome of inside players with size, toughness, and scoring ability. Frank's brother Nick, an active sophomore with a nice shooting touch, joins this year's team after sitting out last season with an injury.
Having size inside is not rare. But seldom do teams take full advantage of the inside scoring ability of their post players. Coach Nobles and his staff seem to have done a good job training the Musketeer guards to make the extra pass and patiently feed the post.
Greenbrier showed signs of improvement as well, staying within striking distance of ARC until midway through the fourth quarter. Coach Casey Heckathorn's team benefits from the return of all of last season's core players, with the exception of 6'7" center Connor Sigrist. That loss leaves the Wolfpack relatively small inside. Using a 4 guard lineup, the Wolfpack attacked the basket in transition and in the half court offense. Sophomore guard Justin Hartfield appears ready to build on a solid freshman season. He lived in the paint Saturday, consistently breaking down the ARC perimeter defense off the dribble.
ARC's size was eventually too much for Greenbrier Saturday. We look forward to seeing both of these teams when the regular season begins. Both teams are in action in the ABR Live Tip Off Tournament November 22-23 at Evans High School and Evans Middle School. Greenbrier will face Josey (Nov 22 at 4 P.M. at Evans Middle School) and GMC (Nov 23 at 11:30 A.M. at Evans High School). ARC will play Johns Creek (Nov 22 at 7 P.M. at Evans Middle School) and Evans (Nov 23 at 8:30 P.M. at Evans High School.