Lima Senior scored 100 points for the second night in a row and put 13 players in the scoring column on its way to a 100-52 boys basketball win over Elida at Lima Senior on Saturday night.
Jamir Simpson scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans (8-1) and Josiah Fulcher scored 20 points.
Ja’Quan Moore’s 13 points led Elida (5-5). Devon Barnett and Dylan Buetner scored 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Lima Senior jumped out to a 24-9 lead after one quarter to set the tone in the game early and was up by 20 points, 47-27, by halftime. And its lead continued to grow in the second half.
Lima Senior’s fast start was fueled by the 11 turnovers it forced in the first quarter, which helped the Spartans put up 23 shots in the first eight minutes.
Elida led once in the game, at 2-0, after it won the opening tip and Moore scored on an inside move.
“We knew they can get on a roll like that. There hasn’t been a game yet where they haven’t been able to do some of the things they did tonight,” Elida coach Denny Thompson said.
“I thought last week’s Middletown game might have been a little bit of a warm-up for it for us but they definitely have the ability to take it to another level.
“I’m really proud of our kids’ efforts in the last two games we’ve played. They were both losses but I liked our aggressiveness and our intensity,” he said.
Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said, “I thought we played well both nights (Friday at Fremont Ross and Saturday). Defensively, we did some things with more intensity in practice throughout the week. I thought we were moving and more active with our hands and our feet.
“We felt, obviously, we were the more athletic team and we wanted to use our athleticism and try to make it hard on those guys and I thought we did that,” he said.
Simpson had 15 of his points and eight of his rebounds in the first half. Fulcher, who was honored before the game for reaching the 1,000-points career scoring level, had 16 points in the first half.
Quincey Simpson called Jamir Simpson “a high caliber player” and said, “He is a kid who got on the scene later but he is a phenomenal talent and a match-up nightmare.”
The two head coaches spoke about Vince Koza before the game and a moment of silence was observed.
It was the 40th game between the two schools in boys basketball. Lima Senior leads the all-time series 33-7.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.