Trotwood-Madison wanted to run with Lima Senior and the Spartans were more than happy to oblige.
In a game that featured two teams with speed to burn it was Lima Senior that raced past Trotwood-Madison for the 93-80 non conference win Friday night.
Lima Senior, riding a five-game winning streak, improves to 14-3 and Trotwood-Madison, which did not begin its season until Jan. 21, goes to 5-4 on the year.
“They (Trotwood-Madison) run,” Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson said. “That is their identity and that is their culture and we just kind of wanted to to see if we could utilize what we do best and pressure them and get up and down the court at a north and south pace and we had to cat and mouse it a little bit because we have five games in a week. But when it was time to roll it up and get physical we got the job done.”
To conserve some of its energy after breaking out to a big second half lead, Lima Senior showed a 2-3 zone.
In its last five games, Lima Senior has scored 80 or more points three times. The 93 points matches the Spartans’ largest offensive output this year. Against Springfield, Lima Senior scored 93 earlier this season.
Spartan Khalil Luster scored a team-high 22 points and produced 13 of those in the second half. Travis Bullock had a big night offensively with 21 points and did so by collecting a number of transition buckets in the first half. Jareon Mayo chipped in 15 points and Quan Moore added 11 points.
One way the Spartans got turnovers was to take advantage of the Rams’ aggressive nature by drawing nine charging calls. On the night, the Rams had 27 turnovers.
Early the Rams kept up with the Spartans and jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
Simpson quickly called for a timeout, regrouped his troops, and the Spartans responded by going on a 12-0 run to gain the lead. By the end of the first minute, Lima Senior led 22-18.
“We started slow because I didn’t think my guys truly understood how fast they could get the ball up the court,” Simpson said. “We are probably one of the fastest teams around but traditionally Trotwood is always as fast as well. But I thought my guys adjusted well and made some plays and we were able to get a win.”
That advantage grew to 12-points when the Spartans relentless defense and Lima Seniors’ ability to break through the Rams’ press went on a 12-4 run to open up a 34-22 lead within the first two minutes of the second quarter.
A Rams’ run cut the lead to six with 3:40 left in the half, but Lima Senior responded by outscoring Trotwood-Madison 13-7 to up the lead back to 14, 50-36 as the buzzer sounded for halftime.
The Rams got the lead down to single digits at the onset of the fourth quarter, 68-60, but Lima Senior clamped down again and rallied for a quick 9-2 run to regain the double-digit lead and cruise to the win.
Simpson said playing a team with the running, aggressive style Trotwood has is a great challenge for his squad as the tournament approaches.
“It is always good to play some one who tries to out tough you and you out tough them right back,” Simpson said. “The game of basketball is fast paced so anytime you can play a team that plays at a high level and is fast we want those opportunities.
Trotwood-Madison’s Tymier Blanton scored 22 points and teammate Anthony McComb pitched in 19 points.
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.