Spartans Nab First ECC Win

Posted on: December 12, 2019
The Turpin Spartans opened conference play for the 2019-2020 season with an impressive 61-39 performance over the Withrow Tigers Friday night.  Spartan big man Owen Spencer had himself a game with 24 points and 9 rebounds.  The Big O went 3-4 from behind the arc and dominated on the inside as well.  Jackson Holt added 16 and Dom Cantrella poured in  12 points for the visiting Spartans (4-0, 1-0 ECC).

Spencer and the Spartans started fast in this one.  On their first possession, Holt found Spencer down low for the turn-around shot and 2 points.  After a defensive stop, Josh Bell scored down low to give Turpin a 4-0 lead.  Withrow found some early success hitting a 3 and a long jumper on their next 2 times down the court to give the home team a 5-4 lead.  However, junior point guard Cantrella raced coast to coast for a layup, giving Turpin a 6-5 advantage, and they would not trail the rest of the way.  Spencer hit 2 of his 3’s in the first and Ethan Zinn added a bomb of his own.  At the end of 1 quarter, Turpin had a 9 point lead, 18-9.

Withrow mounted a furious comeback at the start of the 2nd quarter, going on a 9-0 scoring run to tie the game at 18 with a little over 4 minutes left in the half.  The Spartan defense settled down though, and duo of Cantrella and Spencer provided an offensive lift, fueling an 11-2 run by Turpin to give the boys a 29-20 halftime lead.  

Spencer stayed hot in the 3rd, scoring another 8 points.  But the story of the 3rd quarter was Jackson Holt.  After a quiet first half, Holt exploded for 12 points in the 3rd.  We all know when he gets it rolling the Spartans are hard to stop.  Turpin opened a 51-29 advantage in the 3rd quarter as a result.

The squads played even in the 4th quarter and each team scored 10 points. Holt, Cantrella and Bell provided the offense, with Senior Quincy Mussio closing out the scoring with a post move on the low block for 2 and a final 61-39 Spartan victory.

Turpin comes home for a pair of ECC contests this week.  West Clermont comes to Klinger Court on Tuesday and That Team Across Beechmont visit on Friday.  Come out and cheer on the Spartans as they look to continue their winning ways.

Notable Performances:

Scoring: Spencer-24, Holt-16, Cantrella-12, Bell-4, Zinn-3, Mussio-2

Rebounds: Spencer-9, Bell-6, Shetler-4, Holt-2, Tyszkiewicz-2, Lee-1, Johnson-1, Mussio-1

Assists: Holt-6, Cantrella-5, Tyszkiewicz-2, Bell-1, Sheffer-1, Shetler-1