Richfield's 73-50 loss at Tartan in a key Classic Suburban Conference (CSC) boys basketball matchup hurt, but the loss of longest-lasting importance may be that of forward Dashawn Jones, who went down with an apparent ankle injury midway through the second half.
Jones, who came into the contest having played the third-most minutes for the Spartans and averaging nine points per game, collapsed in a heap underneath the Titans hoop after attempting to defense a breakaway layup for Tartan.
The sophomore appeared to step wrongly in leaping to swat the ball from behind and fell to the court wailing in pain and clutching his right leg.
Medical staff tended to Jones while Richfield head coach Omar McMillan and Tartan head coach watched over him for several minutes before the forward was carried to the Spartans bench by teammates Dan Beyel and Ryan Stoffel.
After play resumed, crutches were found for Jones and he was escorted to the hospital by his mother. No further information is available at this time.
The news was nearly as bleak for the Spartans on the court as Richfield never led in the contest—falling behind by 10 points midway through the first half and by 20 points at the halfway mark of the second en route to the 23-point loss.
The defeat all-but clinches no better than a third-place finish in the CSC for Richfield; dropping two games behind Tartan in the circuit standings with a 7-4 conference mark and a 13-7 overall record.
Junior guard Shawn Bear, who hit four three-point baskets in the first half, was the lone Spartans player to record double-digit scoring with 16 points; senior guard Daron Garvis logged nine points, senior forward Jordan Stefon had eight points.
Next up for Richfield is a road matchup at St. Thomas Academy on Tuesday at 7 p.m.