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FINDLAY — Lima Senior boys basketball coach Shawn Allen wants to lead the Spartans back to their glory days. No matter what they do during the regular season, the first-year coach knows the Spartans are judged upon tournament wins.He’s going to have to wait for the first tourney win in his tenure after Bowling Green held off a resurgent Lima team, 45-38, in a Division I sectional semifinal at Liberty-Benton on Tuesday.“We made some strides and reached some of our goals,” Allen said. “We’ll look back on our season later and look at all of the good things we did. But if you’re going to be a successful basketball program, you’ve got to win tournament games. And we didn’t get that done tonight.”Bobcats’ coach Von Graffin was on the coaching staff at Toledo Macomber during the days of Jimmy Jackson and saw some great matchups with the Spartans in the late 1980’s and early ’90s. Graffin pointed to BG’s win over the Spartans as a big step for his program.“Lima Senior has a tradition that’s incredible,” Graffin said. “It’s really neat to see that history. We’re trying to develop that at Bowling Green a little bit.” Bowling Green came out in a 2-3 zone defense, daring Lima Senior to hit from 3-point range. The Spartans (11-10) gave the Bobcats no reason to change their plan, hitting just 1 of 20 from 3-point range.“Our shot selection in the first half was very poor,” Allen said. “We settled for the three and that’s exactly what Bowling Green wanted us to do. When it doesn’t go down, you shoot yourself out of games.”Adding in first-half foul trouble limited what the Spartans could do, offensively. Robert Thompson, Cortey Edwards and James Kelly each went into halftime with two fouls. Thompson and Anton Hutchins each fouled out in the final 25 seconds of the game.The Bobcats hit 25 of 36 from the line while Lima made 7 of 14.“You can’t be aggressive when you have 10 fouls in the first quarter,” Allen said. “You’ve got to make adjustments to the officials. They’re not going to make adjustments to us. I thought we did for the most part in the second half. We didn’t foul as much.”Through all of that, Lima battled back within a single point midway through the third. The Spartans stayed within five points through the rest of the second half until the Bobcats (8-13) hit 6 of 6 free throws in the final 33 seconds.Lima held the lead once, at 2-0 in the first minute.Freshman Chauncey Orr hit all six of his free throws in the final quarter and scored eight points for BG. Fellow freshman, point guard Xavier Brown, added 11 points.“Those guys aren’t freshman anymore,” Graffin said. “They’ve got (21) games behind them. If we’re going to be good, they have to be good on game night.”Senior Connor Kilpatrick led BG with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Bobcats owned the boards, outrebounding Lima 38-20.For Lima, Anton Hutchins had 19 points, with 11 coming in the third quarter. He was the only Spartan to register more than six points. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com. 

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