Lima Senior shook off a slow start to beat Toledo Whitmer 69-54 in boys basketball on Tuesday night.
It was the second win over the Panthers for the Spartans this season. Lima Senior opened its season with a 76-54 win over Whitmer.
Josiah Fulcher scored 21 points to lead Lima Senior (10-1, 7-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference). Jamir Simpson had 14 points and Jadakis Mack scored 13. Fulcher missed his first shot then hit his last nine in a row, including four dunks and three 3-pointers.
Riley Keller’s 14 points led Whitmer (4-7, 2-6 TRAC) and Tony Dalvaux had 13 points.
Lima Senior led 45-31 at halftime despite a few struggles early in the game.
The Spartans were behind for all but the first 30 seconds and the last 20 seconds of the first quarter, due in large part to an unusually high turnover total.
Lima Senior forced nine Whitmer turnovers in the opening quarter but also turned the ball over nine times and found themselves tied 13-13 after one quarter.
But the second quarter was a different story, with Lima Senior going without of turnover in that quarter as it built a 14-point lead by halftime.
Fulcher’s 3-pointer in the first minute of the second quarter put Lima Senior in front 16-14 and it never was behind again. Whitmer cut the lead to eight points in the second half but that was as close as it got.
“We were a little up and down tonight but overall I thought we played well offensively. We just didn’t have proper rotations defensively and sometimes we played a little too fast and it looked chaotic,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “In the first quarter we had unforced turnovers. We’ll fix those things going forward.”
Lima Senior shook up its starting lineup by inserting 5-8 guard Jourdyn Rawlins into the starting five in place of the 6-4 Mack.
“He’s our energizer defensively. He takes the challenge to guard whoever he wants. And for his guys he’s going to sneak on guys because he will go rebound. We were trying to shake things up, trying to find ways for other guys to play better. He’s one of our primary defenders so we definitely want him out there,” Simpson said about Rawlins.
Lima Senior shot 45 percent on field goals (29 of 65) and had 34 rebounds. Whitmer shot 39 percent (18 of 46) and had 22 rebounds. The Spartans forced 25 turnovers and 15 of their own.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.