LIMA — Late in the game Oregon Clay coach Dave Rodriguez turned to the scorer’s table and asked no one in particular how many 3-pointers Lima Senior had made.
At that point, it was 12 and counting.
And there wasn’t much Oregon Clay could do about it.
Lima Senior ran over Clay 83-47 in a boys basketball game Friday at Lima Senior.
It was a night when Lima Senior did almost everything well.
The Spartans hit 14 of 26 on 3-pointers, mostly over the Clay 2-3 zone.
Lima Senior also won the boards 49-19, including 29-7 on the offensive glass.
The Spartans’ man press also forced Clay into 22 turnovers, 14 by halftime.
Lima Senior is 1-1, while Clay is 1-3 after the Three Rivers Athletic Conference opener for each team.
Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson gave his team high marks on Friday, compared to the opening-game 68-60 loss to Anthony Wayne last weekend.
“I thought we played more free,” Simpson said. “I thought the first game we were tight. Tonight I thought guys were a lot more relaxed and they played with a lot more freedom.
“We feel like we have five guys who can score, so we’re going to try to emphasize that. Every night it could be a different guy.’’
Josiah Fulcher, who started for state semifinalist Pickerington Central last year, led the Spartans with 18 points and nine rebounds. The 6-1 Fulcher also hit four 3-pointers, including two in the opening quarter.
“It started flowing, once everybody starting hitting,” Fulcher said. “It felt pretty good. I just try to play my game every night. I try to get to the basket first. And if I can get my shot, shoot.’’
Jadakis Mack added 17 points and two 3-pointers for Lima Senior.
Jaleel King had 16 points, eight rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers.
Jamir Simpson, the team’s tallest player at 6-5, had seven points and seven rebounds.
“We don’t have a big guy at all,” coach Simpson said. “But we have some athletic guys. If all those guys go to the glass, with their athleticism and their quickness, we feel real good about the results.’’
Clay was led by 6-foot-7 Frank Waganfeald, who had 15 points and eight boards.
Clay struggled to get Waganfeald the ball, as the Eagles first battled the Spartans’ press. Then, Clay had trouble running the offense against Lima Senior’s man-to-man.
Lima Senior started by firing in 3-pointers.
The Spartans went out to a 19-11 lead after the first quarter by hitting 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. Fulcher led the way with two 3-pointers.
The Spartans’ man press clicked in for the second quarter and off they went.
The Spartans gobbled up turnovers and ran the floor to outscore Clay 23-6 in the second quarter.
That gave the Spartans a 42-17 lead at the half.
“The press was pretty good,” Fulcher said. “We had them a little frustrated and playing fast. I’m pretty sure they were uncomfortable with our press.’’
At the break, Fulcher had 15 points, while Mack had 14, including 11 in the second quarter.
The crowd came alive when 5-foot-4 freshman point guard Khalil Luster (three points) lofted an alley-oop pass to Fulcher, who pounded down the slam.
That capped an 11-4 Spartans’ run and gave Lima Senior a 30-15 lead with 3:53 left before the half.
Lima Senior started the second half on a 9-2 run.
That pushed the Spartans’ lead to 51-19.
At the end of the third quarter, Lima Senior’s lead was 69-34.
And by that point, the Spartans were 12 of 19 on 3-pointers.
“We have some guys who can make shots,” Simpson said. “We have a few guys who invest a lot of time and come in early and stay late.’’
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