Spartans Take Down Rival Anderson

Posted on: December 20, 2019

Junior point guard Dom Cantrella came away with MVP honors in the Mercy Health Hoops Classic, leading the Turpin Spartans to a 47-28 victory over Forest Hills School District rival the Anderson Redskins.  Cantrella poured in 15 points and came away with 4 steals to pace the Spartans (6-0 overall, 3-0 ECC).  Senior Owen Spencer had 7 points and junior Jackson Holt contributed 6 points in the win over The School Across Beechmont in front of a packed house of Klinger Krazies.

When these two teams match up, throw the team records out the window.  The players on both sides of the ball have grown up together, went to school together and have played basketball together and against one another their whole lives.  Anderson came into this game searching for their first win of the season, while the mighty Spartans looked to remain unbeaten.  The Redskin strategy early on was intent on playing keep away, limiting the high-powered Turpin offense through denying them possessions.  Anderson held the ball for almost 4 minutes at the outset of the game, playing a perimeter passing game.  In the end, the came away with zero points for their efforts, and Cantrella found Spencer on the low post with a lob pass for a 2-0 Spartan lead.  Turpin dialed up the pressure on a full court press, forcing Anderson to play at a higher tempo, which lead to a Cantrella steal and layup for a 4-0 lead.  Anderson finally got on the board late in the first quarter.  After 8 minutes of play, the score resembled a baseball game, with Turpin holding a 4-2 advantage.

The Spartans opened the second quarter determined to speed up the pace of play, and were successful.  Anderson tried to keep pace, but the Spartan full court pressure continued to lead to easy baskets.  Heading in to halftime, the game remained tight with Turpin holding a 14-11 advantage.  

After a frustrating offensive first half, Turpin came into the third quarter fired up and raced out of the gates.  Over the course of the next 2 quarters the Spartans steadily took control.  Their defense remained stout, holding Anderson below double-digits in scoring for each quarter of the game.  Offensively Cantrella and Spencer led the way opening up a 10 point lead by the end of the third on the way to a final score of 47-28.  

The Spartans hit the road next Tuesday in another ECC matchup, facing off with the Loveland Tigers on Tuesday.  The boys return home next Friday for a home matchup with Walnut Hills in what looks like an early season matchup for control of the conference.

Notable Performers:

Scoring; Cantrella-15, Spencer-9, Holt-6, Lee-4, Marathe-4, Shetler-3, Mussio-2, Tyszkiewicz-2, Zinn-2

Rebounds: Cantrella-3, Zinn-3, Bell-2, Holt-2, Spencer-2, Lee-1, Marathe-1, Mussio-1, Sheffer-1, Shetler-1

Assists: Cantrella-3, Sheffer-1, Shetler-1, Spencer-1, Tyszkiewicz-1

Other: Cantrella-4 steals, Holt, Lee, Shetler-2 steals, Tyszkiewicz-1 steal, Spencer-3 blocks