Wayne defeats Lima Senior for Classic title


By Jim Naveau - jnaveau@limanews.com



Lima Senior’s Bryan Miller Jr. puts up a shot against Wayne’s Deshon Parker during Saturday night’s Kewpee Holiday Classic championship game at Lima Senior.

Lima Senior’s Bryan Miller Jr. puts up a shot against Wayne’s Deshon Parker during Saturday night’s Kewpee Holiday Classic championship game at Lima Senior.


LIMA — Huber Heights Wayne gradually pulled away from Lima Senior for a 70-56 win in the championship game of the Kewpee Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament on Saturday night at Lima Senior.

Wayne led by as much as 18 points in the fourth quarter after Lima Senior had held a one-point advantage at halftime.

Darius Quisenberry scored 28 points to lead Wayne (5-0). Deshon Parker had 17 points.

Jaleel King and Bryan Miller both had 17 points for Lima Senior (4-2) and Cory Clair scored 10 points.

Quisenberry was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. His teammates L’Christian Smith and Deshon Parker were on the all-tournament team, along with Lima Senior’s King and Miller.

After appearing to settle for perimeter shots in the first half, Wayne took the ball to the basket more aggressively in the second half.

“Those guys took advantage of our weaknesses with several guys missing,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “That’s what good teams do. They made some big shots in the second half.

“We kept it as close as I probably thought we could have in the first half. I thought we played tremendous. We took a lot of ill-advised shots in the third quarter.

“We were already weak from a numbers perspective,” he said, referring to some players missing because of illness. “We can’t take quick shots. we can’t take ill-advised shots. But the guys we had out there I thought they gave it their all.”

Wayne jumped out to a 14-7 lead early but Lima Senior finished the first quarter on a 19-4 run to lead 26-18 after one quarter.

The Spartans’ offense went cold again early in the second quarter but they regained the lead by one point, 36-35, at halftime.

King had 13 of his points in the first half and Clair had 10 points.

For Wayne, Parker had 12 points in the first half and Quisenberry scored 11.

The Warriors took the lead early in the third quarter and stretched their advantage to eight points, 51-43, after three quarters.

L’Anse Creuse North, of McComb County Michigan, beat Toledo Woodward 46-41 in the third-place game.

Lima Senior’s Bryan Miller Jr. puts up a shot against Wayne’s Deshon Parker during Saturday night’s Kewpee Holiday Classic championship game at Lima Senior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/12/web1_LSH-vs-Wayne-RP-003.jpgLima Senior’s Bryan Miller Jr. puts up a shot against Wayne’s Deshon Parker during Saturday night’s Kewpee Holiday Classic championship game at Lima Senior.

By Jim Naveau

jnaveau@limanews.com

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.

Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414 or on Twitter at @Lima_Naveau.

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