Spartans Dismantle Knights, 69-52

Posted on: February 1, 2021

After torching Anderson earlier in the week, the Spartans kept the flame burning against Kings on Friday night, to maintain the top spot in the ECC.  Brady Hardewig led all scorers with 16 points, and he notched the home team’s first points of the game after stealing an in-bound pass.  Hardewig was 6 of 11 from the field, including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.  Kings put up an early fight and held a slim 8-7 lead when Dom Cantrella found Ethan Zinn in the lane for a layup, to put the Spartans up for good.  Cantrella would finish with 9 points and 8 assists, while Zinn would finish with 10 points and 5 boards.  Matt Sheffer followed with two carbon copy threes, extending the lead to 15-9 and the quarter ended with a modest 17-13 lead for the home team.


Turpin blew the game wide open in the second quarter going on a 17-3 run, starting with a three from Zinn, followed by five more points from Hardewig.  While Turpin’s defense continued to squeeze the opponent, Jack Selfridge and Jaiden Alcalde contributed a couple of scores on their way to doubling up the Knights by halftime, 40-20.


In the third, Turpin continued to move the ball well, keeping Kings off balance.  Zinn dished to Theisen Lee under the basket for a nice bucket.  Lee would finish with 14 points and 6 rebounds.  Deven Marathe followed that up with a steal and layup.   Marathe was not done, as he then dumped a pretty no-look pass to Alcalde for an easy score.  By the end of three quarters of play, Turpin maintained their 20 point cushion at 54-34.


Kings opened the fourth with a 7-0 run, before Turpin was able to answer with a 7-2 run of their own, including scores by Lee, Alcalde and Marathe.  Kings played hard right to the end, but they never really threatened down the stretch, as the game ended with a couple of free throws by Nate Hayas and Will Guy’s first field goal of the season.  Turpin took the second victory of the season over Kings, 69-52.


Although the Spartans gave up more than their season average of 42 points on defense, they also scored a season high on offense.  This performance shows they are capable of playing a faster brand of basketball if needed.  Next up is a battle at Walnut Hills for first place in the ECC.


Notable Performances:

Scoring:  Hardewig-16 / Lee-14 / Zinn-10 / Cantrella-9 / Alcalde & Sheffer-6

Assists:  Cantrella-8 / Lee, Zinn, Hardewig, Marathe-2

Rebounds:  Lee-6 / Zinn-5 / Cantrella-3 / Sheffer, Hardewig, Selfridge-2

Steals:  Zinn, Alcalde-3 / Hardewig-2