LIMA — Fremont Ross spent a good portion of the first half in Tuesday’s game trying to find the handle on the basketball.
When the Little Giants did control the basketball, the next big challenge came when they tried to score against Lima Senior’s tenacious defensive pressure.
Lima Senior’s pressure, especially early on, helped pave the way for a convincing 65-42 victory over Fremont Ross in Three Rivers Athletic Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night at Lima Senior.
Ja’Quan Moore came off the bench to lead Lima Senior (7-1, 1-0 TRAC) with 16 points, including two 3-pointers. Khalil Luster and Anthony Mosely each scored 10 points for the Spartans. Mosely had seven rebounds, while Luster came away with six boards. Jourdyn Rawlins had nine points, five rebounds and seven steals for Lima Senior.
“Quan (Moore) is a guy who is probably going to start some games for us,” Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson said. “He can make shots. … He’s been playing really well. This is the type of game that I expect him to have. So, I expect him to have more games like this.”
Kaden Holmes led Fremont Ross (4-4, 1-1 TRAC) with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.
The Spartans never trailed against the Little Giants.
The Spartans set the tone from the opening tip.
Lima Senior opened the contest with an 11-0 run. The Spartans went on to build a commanding 19-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Fremont Ross could not find the bottom of the net in the first eight minutes, as it was 0 for 18 shooting from the field.
The Spartans’ defensive pressure helped cause seven Fremont Ross turnovers in the first quarter. The Little Giants turned it over 19 times in the first half, and 26 times for the game. Lima Senior ended the night with 14 turnovers.
Lima Senior’s lead ballooned to 34-10 by the halftime break. Fremont Ross was just 3 of 28 from the field.
Luster led the Spartans in the first half, scoring 10 points. Moore came off the bench to score eight points in the first 16 minutes for the Spartans.
However, in the second half, Fremont Ross chipped away at the deficit, as Lima Senior led 48-25 by the end of the third quarter.
The Little Giants outscored the Spartans 15-14 in the third.
“The level of intensity went down; and that’s what we preach about – that we don’t like to see,” Simpson said. “The way that we practice, they should perform hard for 32 minutes. We didn’t do that tonight, and that’s disappointing.”
For the game, Lima Senior shot 41 percent from the field. Fremont Ross ended the game, shooting 28 percent from the floor.
Simpson said his team will need to re-focus.
“This is a combination of things. But at the end of the day, we expect our kids to perform at a certain level while they’re on the floor,” Simpson said. “Even though we did get a good lead early on, we want to focus on the things that we need to do in order to grow as a basketball team. In the second half, we didn’t do that. So, we have to go back, watch film and maybe do some different things in practice.”
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