Boys basketball: Lima Senior fends off Ottawa-Glandorf


Titans’ rally falls short

By Jim Naveau - [email protected]



Lima Senior’s Khalil Luster drives between Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk, left, and Carter Schimmoeller during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. See more high school basketball photos on 5C and LimaScores.com.

Lima Senior’s Khalil Luster drives between Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk, left, and Carter Schimmoeller during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. See more high school basketball photos on 5C and LimaScores.com.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Lima Senior’s Brent Moss defends a shot by Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.

Lima Senior’s Brent Moss defends a shot by Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk puts up a shot against Lima Senior’s Jareon Mayo during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

OTTAWA — Lima Senior led by 10 points after one quarter in its boys basketball match-up against Ottawa-Glandorf on Saturday night. It led by 19 at halftime and by 21 points early in the third quarter.

The expectation of a close game, the usual scenario when these two teams meet, seemed to have packed up and left the gym early.

But maybe that close game was just a little late arriving, possibly confused by the earlier than usual tip-off.

Because by the time two minutes were left in the game, Lima Senior’s lead was down to four points, 61-57, and the Spartans had to respond. And they did.

The Titans got the lead down to four a second time with 23 seconds left in the game at 65-61. But that was as close as they could get and Lima Senior held on for a 69-61 win.

Khalil Luster scored 18 points to lead Lima Senior (10-1). Brent Moss had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Anthony Mosley scored 11 points and had 7 rebounds and Jereon Mayo scored 11 points.

Colin White’s 24 points led Ottawa-Glandorf (9-2) and Eli Schmenk scored 11 points.

Lima Senior’s ninth consecutive win came one night after it had beaten Findlay on the road on a 3-pointer by Luster just before the buzzer.

The Spartans hit the court in the first half like they were still powered by the adrenaline from that finish and dominated the first-half action from the opening tip.

“I challenged them to get two road wins in two hostile environments and they responded the way that I knew they could,” Lima Senior coach Quincey Simpson said.

The trajectory of this series was also something Simpson said he used as motivation.

“I told my kids I’m 2-5 against him (Ottawa-Glandorf coach Tyson McGlaughlin). I told them that all week. Being 2-5 didn’t sit well with me. I’m still behind but it was good to get one tonight,” he said.

Ottawa-Glandorf shot 51 percent in the second half after hitting only 37 percent of its shots in the first half. Lima Senior hit 62 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half (19 of 31) but cooled off to 40 percent in the second half. Another factor in O-G’s comeback was Lima Senior committing 12 turnovers in the second half after having only three in the first half.

“It was just a little reality check. We talked to our guys that we kind of let them push us around in the first half. We didn’t get to the spots we wanted to. They hit some shots early and I think we were a little shell shocked by that,” McGlaughlin said.

“When they’re able to get going, they’re really good. They spread the ball well, they’ve got guys who can put it on the floor. Luster and Moss are just high level. We didn’t have an answer for them.”

So, what did the Titans change in the second half?

“We didn’t really change anything,” McGlaughlin said. “We were just more physical. We talked to our guys that we had to be the ones that hit first. In the first half we were reacting to them. In the second half we came at them and were able to get some pressure and maybe disrupt their flow a little bit more.”

“In the second half we did a better job of getting to the rim. Colin got going a little bit and Theo (Maag) asserted himself in the second half. You’ve got to give Lima Senior credit. They hit a couple of big shots when things were starting to go our way.”

Lima Senior’s Khalil Luster drives between Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk, left, and Carter Schimmoeller during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. See more high school basketball photos on 5C and LimaScores.com.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_OG-vs-LSH001.jpgLima Senior’s Khalil Luster drives between Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk, left, and Carter Schimmoeller during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. See more high school basketball photos on 5C and LimaScores.com. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s Brent Moss defends a shot by Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_OG-vs-LSH003.jpgLima Senior’s Brent Moss defends a shot by Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk puts up a shot against Lima Senior’s Jareon Mayo during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/01/web1_OG-vs-LSH006.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Eli Schmenk puts up a shot against Lima Senior’s Jareon Mayo during Saturday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Titans’ rally falls short

By Jim Naveau

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Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.

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