Lima Senior is back to its winning ways.
After dropping their final two games of the regular season, the Spartans produced a convincing 80-55 victory over Mansfield Madison to open the postseason and snare a Division I sectional title Friday night.
Lima Senior improves to 17-4 for the year and will face Perrysburg at Lake High School in Millbury at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Lima Senior head coach Quincey Simpson said he wanted for his team to come out and play fast on both ends of the court.
“We wanted those guys (Mansfield) a little bit uncomfortable and I thought we did that early in the game,” Simpson said. “I thought our guys let up a little bit and Mansfield made some shots and made some plays but we are just happy to move on.”
Simpson adds that this team has refocused for the tournament and they are still are working on things such as their half court defense.
The Spartans trademark smothering defense and some precision perimeter allowed Lima Senior to grab the early lead. Leading 8-4 after four minutes, the Spartans went on a 13-0 run to close out the first quarter and grab a 21-4 advantage.
Mansfield never got closer to 12 in the second quarter and by halftime Lima Senior was in charge 48-23.
Offensively, Lima Senior hit 11 3-pointers and early on nailing shots from the outside was instrumental in the Spartans grabbing a big lead. The 80-points scored was the most the team has scored in four games.
Spartan Jareon Mayo scored a team-high 19 points and Khalil Luster and Quan Moore each added 11 points. Ant Mosely chipped in 10 points. Ten different Spartans scored points.
Coming off the bench to lead the Spartans in rebounds was Brent Moss who grabbed eight caroms and scored eight points.
“I thought tonight we improved with sharing the ball,” Simpson said. “We made 11 three’s and we had some great looks. We want to attack the basket a little bit more We got the ball out a lot better and a lot quicker in transition. We not only want to be fast on offense but we want to be fast on defense and I thought we got some easy transition baskets at the rim and guys were kicking out the ball to guys for open looks. We have improved in that area and we want to continue building on that.”
Depth has always been a plus for the Spartans and as the postseason road gets tougher, Simpson understands they are going to have fresh legs in to execute the type of fast-paced game the team likes to play and with a size-able lead throughout much of the contest, a number of Spartans saw playing time.
“We have a lot of guys that can play,” Simpson said. “We play hard. We play fast on both sides of the court. With the primary guys we are going to try and minimize their minutes so the expectation is when those guys come in they have to give us a jump and they have done that tonight.”
Mansfield’s Luke Pruitt scored 15 points and Isaac Brooks added 13 points.