Spartans Take Crown After Defeating the Knights

Posted on: February 19, 2020


After Kings shocked Turpin earlier this season by handing them their first league loss 55-47, the Spartans
must have been looking forward to the rematch at Klinger Court on Tuesday night. Harry Tyszkiewicz
could not wait until Senior Night on Friday, before going off for a game high (and career high) 17 points
against the Knights, which included 5 of 7 from three-point land. The win puts Turpin at 18-3 (11-1 ECC)
and clinches their first ECC crown since 2014.

Kings initially struggled against Turpin’s zone defense, but they were patient and kept the ball for nearly
two minutes before sinking a long range three. Turpin’s first points came off of an in-bound play where
Dom Cantrella found Theisen Lee open under the basket after he ditched his defender. On their next
trip down the floor, Jackson Holt’s defender was sagging and he quickly deposited a three. Holt then
passed to Harry Tyszkiewicz, who hit the jumper in the lane. By the end of the first, Turpin led 11-8.
Kings opened the second with a 6-0 run which included a back-door pass that worked so well for them in
their first meeting. But Tyszkiewicz stopped the Knights’ momentum with his first trey of the game,
thanks to a cross-court pass from Holt that was threaded through the Knights defense. The bucket tied
the game at fourteen and the Spartans would not trail for the rest of the night. Less than a minute later,
Matthew Johnson dished to Tyszkiewicz who stroked his second three. With about a minute remaining
in the half, Cantrella figured he would feed the hot hand of Tyszkiewicz who was somehow left alone in
the corner… BANG! Another three! At half Turpin held a 20-16 lead.

The Knights drew a little closer with the first bucket of the second half. On defense, Kings had been
daring Cantrella to shoot and he picked a good time to hit his first three of the evening. The Spartans
quickly got the ball back after a steal by Trey Shetler and Holt was able to cash in when he raised up in
the lane for his signature smooth jumper. Later, Owen Spencer was double teamed in the lane, but
alertly fired a bullet to Tyszkiewicz in the corner and he knocked in his fourth three-pointer. On the
other end of the floor, Tyszkiewicz denied his man with an excellent block. On the ensuing possession
for the Spartans, Shetler drove the baseline and passed to Tyszkiewicz in the corner for his fifth three-
pointer, which brought the house to their feet! After a time out, the Spartans kept pouring it on, as
Deven Marathe drove the lane and kicked it out to Spencer for a three, which extended the lead to
twelve at 34-22. Kings would score the next five to pull within seven, but baskets by Ethan Zinn, Spencer
and Lee would preserve an eleven point cushion going into the final quarter, with the score of 41-30.
By the fourth quarter, it appeared that the Kings Knights had raised the white flag, as they scored their
final points of the game at the 5:05 mark. Turpin would outscore Kings 16-6 in the final quarter and
cruised to a 57-36 victory to clinch the ECC title. What a night to remember for Harry Tyszkiewicz and
his teammates, but they also know they have their sights set on bigger things to come…
Next up is Senior Night against Milford… LET’S GO SPARTANS!!!

Notable Performances:

Scoring: Tyszkiewicz-17; Cantrella-11; Holt-10; Spencer-9; Lee-6
Assists: Spencer, Cantrella – 4; Shetler, Holt - 2
Rebounds: Spencer-8; Shetler-3; Tyszkiewicz, Cantrella, Zinn - 2
Steals: Shetler-4; Cantrella-3
Blocks: Spencer-2; Tyszkiewicz-1