TOLEDO — Lima Senior’s second boys basketball tournament win looked a lot like its first one when the Spartans routed Ashland 78-40 five days after beating Toledo Waite 80-47 last Saturday in their postseason opener.
Josiah Fulcher scored 23 points and Jamir Simpson had 16 points to lead Lima Senior (21-3). Mitchell Heilman’s 26 points led Ashland (10-14).
Lima Senior will play Toledo St. John’s at 8:30 Saturday night for a district championship.
The Titans (14-10) defeated Sylvania Southview 51-37 in Thursday night’s first game at the University of Toledo.
Brady Lichtenberg scored 18 points and C.J. Hornbeak had 16 points to lead St. John’s. Southview (17-7) got 15 points from A.J. Jump and 11 points from Sean Millington.
Lima Senior beat St. John’s twice on its way to being undefeated Three Rivers Athletic Conference champions.
The Spartans won 66-44 on Dec. 17 at St. John’s and 65-51 at Lima Senior on Jan. 31.
Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson missed the first half of Thursday night’s game to be with his son Xavier Simpson at Michigan’s Senior Night at its game against Nebraska in Ann Arbor. Assistant coach Zach Rumbaugh took over for Simpson.
The Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead two minutes into the game, extended their lead to 19-4 halfway through the opening quarter and were up 30-9 at the end of that quarter.
Lima Senior led 58-16 at halftime, which meant the second half began with a running clock. It was the second tournament game in a row in which the Spartans built a lead of 35 points, which starts the running clock if that lead happens in the second half of a postseason game.
Lima Senior maintained its focus regardless of what the score was.
“We kept reiterating that to our guys throughout practice. We said we couldn’t overlook anyone because I felt at times this year we have,” Rumbaugh said. ... We just have to take it one game at a time and they’ve taken to that.
“We sped them (Ashland) up. We came into the game knowing that speeding them up would be our best asset but there were still holes we found on our end and we have to polish that up for St. John’s on Saturday,” he said.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.