Lima Senior and Mansfield Senior have played some classic close games over the years but Saturday night’s 82-54 win by the Spartans wasn’t one of them.
But nobody from Lima Senior cared too much about that after the Spartans’ one-sided win raised their record to 16-3.
Mansfield Senior, which was depleted by the preseason decision of several players to concentrate on football, dropped to 7-10 on the season.
Josiah Fulcher scored 29 points and Da’san Clair had 10 point to lead Lima Senior. Roger Merrell’s 20 points led Mansfield Senior and Shad Creamer had 13 points.
Lima Senior led 46-36 at halftime and was up by as many as 15 points early in the second quarter.
The Spartans jumped out to a 9-2 lead to start the game but Mansfield Senior got to within one point,, 18-17, late in the first quarter.
But from there Lima Senior went on a 14-0 run to go up 32-17 with 5:40 left in the first half.
Fulcher had 16 of his points in the first half. Mansfield’s Merrell had 16 of his points by halftime.
Mansfield Senior turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and Lima Senior had 11 turnovers by halftime.
“I thought the first quarter we played real well. I thought we kind of let up our pressure and didn’t do a good job of getting back in transition. We kind of discussed it at halftime and I thought we did a better job of that in the third quarter,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “The guys bought into it and I thought we played much better in the second half.”
Lima Senior extended its lead to 20 points, 64-44, by the end of the third quarter and continued to build its lead in the final quarter.
Lima Senior shot 45 percent on field goals (30 of 66) and Mansfield Senior hit 44 percent of its shots (22 of 48). The Spartans had 34-22 rebounding edge. Mansfield Senior turned the ball over 22 times and Lima Senior had 15 turnovers.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0451.