It was only a few minutes into Lima Senior’s 83-62 boys basketball win over Toledo Woodward on Friday night when it became apparent that losing was not going to be a concern for the Spartans.
What did become a concern, though, was losing players.
Already operating with a short roster of only 10 players because of sickness and an eligibility controversy, the Spartans saw two starters leave the game by halftime and not return.
Freshman post player Jainaz Cameron aggravated a sprained ankle he’d suffered earlier in the season in the first quarter and a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop forced Cory Clair out of the game at halftime after he’d scored nine points in the first half.
Greg Johnson scored 23 points, all but four of them in the second half, to lead the Spartans to their fourth win in five games. Jaleel King scored 18 points, all of them in the first half.
Lima Senior will play undefeated Huber Heights Wayne at 8 o’clock tonight in the championship game of the Kewpee Classic at Lima Senior. Wayne won 77-37 L’Anse Creuse North, a Detroit area team, in Friday night’s other semifinal.
“We’re just thin on bodies right now but we’re going to weather through it,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “We’ve got a big game tomorrow night against a tremendous team and we’re going to play.
“We’re going to dress some JV guys again tomorrow and get those guys some experience and give them an opportunity to play hard. Meanwhile, hopefully, these other guys can get healthy,” he said.
Lima Senior jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the game’s first four minutes and was up 29-12 after one quarter.
The Spartans led by 17 points at halftime and their biggest advantage was 25 points, 59-34, late in the third quarter.
Jaymar Robinson scored 21 points to lead Woodward (1-6), which lost for the sixth game in a row.
Lima Senior shot 53 percent (35 of 66) and Woodward made 46 percent of its shots (27 of 59) with both teams pushing the ball up and down the floor the whole game.
“We want to get quick shots but we want to take quick good shots,” Simpson said. “The guys who are shooting the ball, we’ve really got confidence in them. When the game gets helter-skelter like that, it looks sloppy. And then you’ve got the four JV guys who have never practiced with us.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.