FT. WAYNE, Ind. -- Richard McBride, a 6-3, 190 pound shooting guard from Lanphier H.S. in Springfield, Ill., helped the Ft. Sooy No Limit program claim the title of this past weekend's 9th Annual Spiece Run N Slam Tournament.
Despite an injured right arm, McBride was sensational in the semis, scoring 29 points on seven three pointers in Ft. Sooy's 66-50 victory over Cincinnati AAU Red squad.
He was a bit more human in the championship tilt, registering 12 points in Ft. Sooy's 78-71 conquest over All-Ohio Red. Even though he had just three points at the half in that contest, McBride enjoyed a strong fourth quarter performance that enabled his team to walk away with the title.
"It's still sore, I can't get any extension on my shot, but I am trying to play through it, McBride said of his injured arm. "Coach told me that he needed me to step up big in the fourth quarter and that I should go to the basket, so that's what I was trying to do."
It was the first tournament title this spring for Ft. Sooy, which finished in second at the Kingwood Classic in Texas and among the final four at a tournament in Louisville, Ky.
"In every other tournament we've been in this spring, we lost because we didn't have our full roster," McBride said. "Now we came down here with our full roster and won, so when we have a full roster, we don't think anybody can beat us."
Illinois has been regarded as the team to beat for McBride's services next fall, and the stocky shooting guard said he is planning an unofficial trip to the Big 10 program very soon.
Ft. Sooy will have the next two weekends off before traveling down to North Carolina for the Bob Gibbons Memorial Day Classic, so that could give McBride the time to look at a couple of schools unofficially.
"I am still wide open right now, but I will probably take a couple of visits in the next couple of weeks," he said. "My parents are talking about going to Tennessee and I might go to Illinois in a couple of weeks."