Before Friday night in the Kewpee Holiday Classic it had been 19 years since Lima Senior and Kettering Fairmont had played each other in a boys basketball game and it was only the second time the two schools had matched up since 1970.
After Lima Senior took a 78-30 win over the Firebirds, it might be another two or three decades before they want to see the Spartans again.
Josiah Fulcher’s 17 points led four players who scored in double figures for Lima Senior (5-0). Jamir Simpson had 13 points and Jadakis Mack and Khalil Luster scored 10 points.
Anthony Johnson’s nine points led Fairmont (2-5).
Lima Senior will play Toledo Rogers in tonight’s second game.
Rogers (5-0) defeated Maumee Valley Country Day 65-50 in Friday night’s other game. Stephen Coleman led Rogers with 12 points and Jamiya Neal had 10 points. J.R. Lunsden’s 20 points led Maumee Valley.
Michigan recruit Zeb Jackson, who led Maumee Valley the last three years, is playing for a prep school in Florida this year.
Lima Senior jumped out to a 20-4 lead after one quarter against Fairmont. The Spartans forced 10 turnover in the first quarter and 14 in the first half.
The Firebirds’ problems extended to their halfcourt offense as well. They were just 5 of 16 shooting the ball in the first half.
After Lima Senior built its lead to 22 points early in the second quarter Fairmont briefly got the margin back below 20 points before the Spartans ended the quarter on a 14-2 run to go up 42-13 at halftime.
And the lead continued to grow throughout the second half.
“We wanted to make it a defensive game. We knew they were very patient offensively. We felt if we allowed those guys to get comfortable offensively it would be a possession game and we didn’t want that,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said.
“So we wanted to overplay the passing lanes and have a lot more ball pressure and make them play at our pace. I thought we did a good job of that,” he said.
Simpson says the Spartans still have room to improve.
“There are still a lot of things we’ve got to work on, there are still a lot of things we haven’t put in. We’re not going to add things until we perfect the things we do have,” he said. “I thought we took another step in the right direction defensively tonight.”
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.