Bishop's key layup leads to T-Duck win in home-opener

Having helped the T-Ducks erase a 10-point second-half deficit against Jacksonville on Wednesday, freshman forward Tony Bishop made a clutch layup down the stretch to help lead Richland to an exciting 70-66 victory.

With his team holding a 1-point lead with only seconds left in the T-Duck home-opener, Bishop, who finished with a team-high 16 points, hauled in one of his 10 rebounds from underneath the goal and scored on an unorthodox layup in traffic to give Richland a 3-point advantage.

Jacksonville, who entered the game 2-0, had a chance to tie but a 3-pointer hit the front-end of the rim.

Before going ice-cold from beyond the arc in the second half, Jacksonville built a 35-28 halftime lead after connecting on seven 3-pointers in the first half.

However, the Jaguars’ hot shooting went away in the second half as the T-Ducks took advantage with their quickness and timely hustle plays.

This is the second game in a row that it’s been like this [Richland needing a solid second half to pull out a victory], said T-Duck coach Jon Felmet, whose team is 2-1. Our team plays hard and it’s not going to quit.

That was evident in the second half when Richland trailed 40-30, only to respond with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 42-40 with around 13 minutes left in the game.

Both teams traded points until minutes later, when a Carderious Smith free throw gave Richland the lead for good with 5:39 left in the contest.

Also scoring in double figures for the T-Ducks were Antwan Mullins (14) and Jeff Steinbaugh (12).

You can’t make a lot of 3’s if you are not in good shape, Felmet said about Jacksonville starting off hot from beyond the arc but cooling off in the second half. We run and run and are in shape. This is the second game we have won [because of better conditioning] in the second half.

The T-Ducks play next Friday and Saturday in Okalahoma where they will play Murray State College and Connor’s State College.

Richland’s next home game is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 against Ranger College.