LIMA – Once Lima Senior got out in transition, all Toledo Central Catholic could do was try to keep up.
By midway through the second half, Lima Senior seemed to be out of sight for the Irish, as the Spartans pulled away for a convincing 70-42 win over Toledo Central Catholic in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference boys basketball game at Lima Senior on Tuesday night.
With the win, Lima Senior improves to 5-1 overall. However, Tuesday’s game does not count toward the conference standings.
Khalil Luster, a 5-foot, 6-inch point guard, led Lima Senior and all scorers with 25 points, including four 3-pointers. Camren Miles scored 18 points and had five rebounds and two steals. Travis Bullock added 10 points for the Spartans.
Chico Johnson led Toledo Central Catholic (1-5) with 11 points. Teammate Michael Greenlee, Jr. had 10 points and two steals for the Irish.
“We needed to bounce back (from Sunday’s loss to Shelby),” Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson said. “We had to look at ourselves in the mirror on how we played on Sunday. I thought we left a lot of opportunities on the floor (on Sunday). We just wanted to prove to ourselves who we are, how we practice and how we play. … I thought we showed a lot of that today.”
Early on Tuesday night, neither team seemed to take control of the game.
After three lead changes and four ties in the first eight minutes of action, the score was knotted at 15 by the end of the first quarter.
Central Catholic was 7 of 8 shooting from the field in the first stanza.
Johnson led the Irish with seven first-quarter points.
The Spartans’ defensive pressure helped force six Central Catholic turnovers in the opening stanza.
For the game, Central Catholic turned it over 23 times.
Lima Senior picked up the pace in the second quarter.
The Spartans opened the second frame with a 14-0 run, to push out to a 29-15 lead midway through the second. Three Irish turnovers resulted into three easy baskets for Lima Senior, which jump-started the run.
Luster had a 3-pointer in that spurt for the Spartans.
Lima Senior led 33-21 by the halftime break.
Central Catholic cooled down at the offensive end in the second stanza, as it was just 2 of 9 shooting from the floor.
Luster led the Spartans in the first half with 10 points. In the first half, Lima Senior was 14 of 26 shooting from the field for 54 percent.
“He puts a lot of time in the gym,” Simpson said about Luster. “There are several guys who are really glued to the gym. … Anytime there is an opportunity to come in and improve on their games, they’ve taken advantage of it; and he (Luster) is one of those guys. He’s gotten better each year. So, he’s going to have a big role for us, obviously.”
Lima Senior shifted to overdrive in the second half.
Within the first two minutes of the third quarter, the Spartans forced three Central Catholic turnovers
The Spartans extended their lead to 55-32 by the third stop.
Luster connected twice behind the 3-point line in the third quarter. Miles also had a 3-pointer for the Spartans.
For the game, Lima Senior shot 53 percent from the field. Central Catholic shot 44 percent from the floor.
Lima Senior committed 11 turnovers.
“I thought our defense, as a team, helped our offense,” Simpson said. “We got out and ran.”