Richmond (4-0) vs Westminster (2-0)
Westminster's first ever game against a public school opponent will come in the home gym of the red hot Musketeers, who skated through the first two weeks of the season, winning their first four games by an average margin of 21 points. Richmond's first challenge came Saturday when the "three Musketeers" combined for 43 points in a 56-51 win over Lakeside in the Thanksgiving Classic at Paine. Like Richmond's season opener against Grovetown, Jason Weaver (18 points), Moses Williams (13), and DT Stephens (12) led the way as their experience, honed during last season's second round state tournament finish, continued to distinguish the Musketeers from the pack early in the season.
Richmond poses a special challenge for Westminster, which will aim to slow the pace and make the very most of every possession, as the Wildcats did when they played Blythewood and North Augusta in scrimmage games at Evans three Saturdays ago. Whether Richmond employs the press that worked so well against Grovetown, or uses a zone with their long lineup to clog the paint and at the same time make it difficult to score from the perimeter, Westminster's Jelani Watson-Gayle should be able to run the Wildcats' offense in a way that limits turnovers and gets coach Mark Tebbs's team good shots.
Watson-Gayle scored 15 points and dished out 7 assists in Westminster's 47-37 win at Fox Creek last week, and Mike Dukes added 13. Both are strong and athletic guards who can score from deep and in the paint. And the Wildcats are much bigger than people may realize. 6'5" McKay Stackley and 6'4" Noah Kershner play their roles well and Westminster's offense puts them in position to positively affect the game.
The first marquee matchup between a school from the GHSA (Richmond) versus one from the GISA (Westminster) pits the top local team from each association against each other. Follow @AugBball on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for highlights and updates live from Richmond Academy beginning at 6:30.