Nobody expected anything else and nobody was surprised.
Lima Senior’s 95-48 boys basketball win over Oregon Clay on Friday night looked a lot like the Spartans’ 103-62 win over the Eagles on their homecourt on Dec. 10.
Josiah Fulcher scored 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting and Jamir Simpson scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Lima Senior (11-1 and 8-0 in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. Jadakis Mack had 14 points and seven rebounds. Noah Hagdohl’s 13 points led Clay (3-11, 0-9 TRAC).
“We’re just a little quicker to the ball, quicker off the ball, more athletic,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “I thought our guys’ defensive intensity was a lot better in the second half. We were able get through this game and now we move on. But it’s always good to get a conference win.”
Lima Senior led 43-25 at halftime after finishing the first half on a 19-8 run after Clay had been within seven points early in the second quarter. By late in the third quarter the Spartans’ lead grew to 42 points and never dropped below 40 points in the last seven minutes of the game.
A bigger challenge awaits Lima Senior tonight when it goes to Ottawa-Glandorf in a match-up of state-ranked teams.
“They (O-G) are a really good team, they’re well coached, disciplined and they have some size and they have good guards who can make shots. So we have our work cut out for us and it should be a good test to see what kind of identity we have as a team,” Simpson said.
Jermaine Daniel, who became eligible at mid-year, saw his first action of the season and scored six points on a pair of 3-pointers in the second half.
Daniel was one of the top 3-point shooters for Lima Senior last season.
“He’s back with us. But he’s got to earn his opportunity, he knows that. We’re here to support him, like we support one another. He’s one of us. He understands he’s the last guy and he has to earn his way,” Simpson said.
“He’s a guy who can make shots. Some games you want guys out there who can stretch the defense. If he works hard he can move back up but it’s going to take some time and take some work,” he said.
Lima Senior shot 51 percent on field goals (36 of 71) and Clay shot 32 percent (16 of 49). The Spartans had a 44-27 rebounding edge. They forced 20 turnovers and had 10 of their own.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.