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Photos and Game Summary: UR Can’t Hold Back Dayton Charge in Second Half

The Spiders’ need to dust themselves off quickly as the next game is against local rival VCU.

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University of Richmond (15-5,5-2 Atlantic 10): 79
Dayton (18-2,7-0 Atlantic 10): 87

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Junior guard Jacob Gilyard (Kansas City, Mo.) scored a game-high 29 points but the Richmond Spiders were unable to keep pace with the #7 Dayton Flyers, falling 87-79 at the Robins Center Saturday evening in front of a sold-out crowd.

“I’m really proud of our effort,” said coach Chris Mooney. “We were going to have to make certain things go not quite perfectly but really well tonight and they didn’t but we still competed and scratched and clawed.”

The Flyers relied on National Player-of-the-Year candidate Obi Toppin, who finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Jalen Crutcher, who scored 24 points and added seven assists.

Richmond (15-5, 5-2 in the Atlantic 10) was led by a season-high 29 points from Gilyard while Nick Sherod (Richmond, Va.) added 21 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Gilyard connected on 8-of-15 from the field and hit 5-of-8 from three-point land. Sherod added 4-of-7 from long range Saturday and scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half.

Dayton started strong, hitting its first three three-pointers and edging out to an early 11-2 lead. The Spiders clawed back as junior forward Nathan Cayo (Montreal, Quebec) scored four-straight in the paint to pull within one at 18-17.

Minutes later, the sold-out crowd — the first at the Robins Center this season — exploded when Gilyard hit consecutive three-pointers to give the Spiders a 28-24 lead with 6:57 left in the first half.

But Dayton responded with a 16-2 run to retake control before sophomore guard Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif.) closed out the half with a jumper that fell in at the buzzer to trim the deficit to 40-32.

The Spiders struck first in the second half as Gilyard found junior forward Grant Golden (Winchester, Va.) for a layup to make it a six-point game. Dayton again answered, running off 12 straight points to take a 52-34 lead with 14 minutes to play.

Sherod tried to bring the Spiders back, scoring 12 of Richmond’s next 18 points. Richmond was finally able to close the gap to single digits with a 9-0 sprint in less than a minute that made the score 71-63 with 3:48 to play. But Crutcher answerd the Spiders spurt with a three-pointer to extend the lead back to double digits and the Flyers were able to hang on for the 87-79 win.

Despite the loss, Richmond’s 15-5 record is its best through 20 games since the 2010-11 season, when the Spiders advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won a school-record 29 games.

The Spiders have a quick turnaround and will play Tuesday night against crosstown rival VCU in the Lumber Liquidators Capital City Classic. Game time at the Siegel Center is set for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Battle Fog and High Point University for a Preseason Win

Last night the Richmond Kickers played against High Point University out of North Carolina at the River City Sportsplex.

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Kickers: 3
High Point: 1

No official summary of the preseason game against High Point University. The reason is two fold. Basically this is a friendly with an abundance of new players and lack of numbers tends to make any serious evaluation hard. Secondly, efforts at tactical analysis were further hampered by an extremely dense fog. Players at the other end of the field were barely distinguishable. We can tell you that so far the Kickers seem to be playing a much higher press and much more direct attack under new Coach Darren Sawatzky.

Stanley Alves netted two goals the first in the 10th minute and the second in the 21st. The first was unassisted the second service was a quick one-two in the box with Terzaghi.

Jonathan Bolanos scored in the 18th off an Emiliano Terzaghi rebound. This was doubly exciting for Bolanos as High Point is his alma mater.

High Point showed signs of life in the 44th minute. Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald made a stunning diving save but the ball fell into the box and the Kicker’s defenders were unable to clear the ball.

The Kickers have another pre-season game that is open to the public this Sunday at Ukrop park against Old Dominion University. Kicker legend and all-around good guy William Yomby is currently an assistant coach for ODU. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 PM>

2020 Richmond Kickers Roster

Goalkeepers (3): Matt Broomall, Akira Fitzgerald, Lee Johnston
Defenders (7): Wahab Ackwei, Ian Antley, Devante Dubose, Ivan Magalhães, Conor Shanosky, Scott Thomsen, Kyle Venter
Midfielders (10): Amass Amankona, Greg Boehme, Jonathan Bolanos, Matt Bolduc, Gianluca Cuomo, David Diosa, Victor Falck, Mumbi Kwesele, Ryley Kraft, Mutaya Mwape, Luke Pavone
Forwards (3): Stanley Alves, Charles Boateng, Emiliano Terzaghi

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Learn More and Fill Out a Survey on the Proposed Changes to Semmes, W. 34th, and Forest Hill Ave.

Big changes could be on the way for a busy intersection near Patrick Henry School. Find out more and voice your opinion on the changes.

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From Stephanie Lynch:

Greetings, we have provided a synopsis of a draft proposal for traffic calming measures to improve the overall safety of the area between Reedy Creek and W. 34th along Semmes & Forest Hill Ave. We are asking for your input before these proposals move forward to the next phase of 30% designs.

These improvements are being funded by a federal grant that will expire and effectively evaporate if they are not used. The city has already spent a considerable amount of resources to study, design and test simulations for their recommended safety measures. The 5th district office has been working on this issue for several years and we have had multiple community meetings throughout the process.

This is an exciting opportunity to get some much-needed funding to help to improve the safety of our community. We have provided a ‘quick reference’ below, as well as a more detailed summary, map, and links to help you give the most informed input.

You will see questions at the end of this survey as well as an opportunity for comment. Please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

SURVEY Semmes Phase I & Phase II Traffic Safety Plans: https://forms.gle/dNfDbZVASrjJ4ZybA

This survey will close on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

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Adoption fees waived at the Richmond SPCA through March 1st for “Leaping for Love” Leap Day promotion

All qualified adopters will have their adoption fees waived during our special “Leaping for Love” adoption promotion. It starts Wednesday, February 26 and runs through Sunday, March 1.

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The Richmond SPCA is celebrating this Leap Year (and Leap Day on February 29th) by waiving all adoption fees for dogs and cats through March 1st.

All qualified adopters will have their adoption fees waived during our special “Leaping for Love” adoption promotion. It starts Wednesday, February 26 and runs through Sunday, March 1. Adoption Center hours are Wednesday-Friday (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.), Saturday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.).

The Richmond SPCA is located at 2519 Hermitage Road.

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