LIMA — Lima Senior put a huge exclamation point on its Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship.
The Spartans pressed and ran their way to a 122-67 victory over Ross to win the outright boys basketball TRAC championship.
The 122 points broke the previous scoring mark of 117 for the Spartans set in a 117-66 win over Milford on Jan. 18, 1991.
“It’s a tremendous feeling,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said. “I’m hard on these guys, extremely hard and this is the reason why. We want to embrace it. … And any time you can break a record, it’s a wonderful feeling. We weren’t out to do that, but guys made shots, shared the ball and ran.’’
Josiah Fulcher led the Spartans with 31 points and five 3-pointers. He also had nine rebounds.
“We weren’t going for it (a record), but we were playing together and played as a team,’’ Fulcher said. “We moved the ball around.’’
Da’San Clair added 20 points with four 3-pointers.
Jadakis Mack scored 15 points with four rebounds.
Dante Wheeler had 14 points and four rebounds.
Jermain Daniel had 12 points with four 4-pointers. Khalil Luster scored 11 points.
The Spartans hit 17 of 46 on 3-pointers. Overall, they shot 55 percent from the field.
Last year the Spartans shared the TRAC basketball title with Whitmer.
It marks Lima Senior’s third boys basketball TRAC championship.
“It sounds really good,” Fulcher said of winning the TRAC outright. “We worked for this and this was our first goal and we accomplished it.’’
Lima Senior is 17-3, 12-0 in the TRAC.
Ross is 5-15, 2-11 in the TRAC.
On Jan. 3 in Fremont, Lima Senior knocked off Ross, 100-70.
Lima Senior clamped down early with its man press and the Little Giants had no answer for it.
The Spartans led 37-13 after the first quarter and pushed the margin to 65-30 at halftime.
“This is how we’re supposed to play,” Fulcher said.
Lima Senior forced 11 first-quarter turnovers and converted the bulk of those into transition baskets at the other end.
“We’ve been wanting to turn teams over, play fast and make teams play at our style,” Simpson said. “It seemed like all cylinders were clicking tonight.’’
In the first quarter, both Clair and Daniel sank two 3-pointers.
After Clair’s second 3-pointer in the first quarter, Fulcher had back-to-back breakaway slam dunks.
“I’ve put up a lot of shots in the gym and when I made my first one, I knew it was clicking,” Clair said. “We’ve worked hard on shooting threes.’’
After Mack scored on a fast-break basket, the Spartans led 20-6.
Fulcher’s third breakaway dunk of the quarter was followed by a 3-pointer by Daniel.
The Spartans’ lead ballooned to 30-7 with 1:41 left in the opening quarter.
Fremont Ross had 19 turnovers by halftime and 25 for the game.
Ross freshman Kaden Holmes had 16 points.
Lima Senior’s Jamir Simpson (17.1 points) was on the bench, but didn’t dress and missed his fourth straight game.
The tournament is the next goal in mind for the Spartans.
“We want to get back to the regionals and obviously try to get to the state,” Fulcher said.
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