Turpin Gives Loveland the Boot

Posted on: February 3, 2020

The Klinger Krazies who showed up in their finest western gear, cowboy boots and all, were treated to a solid performance by their Turpin Spartans, who put the Loveland Tigers away early in a decisive 56-33 victory.  The Spartans were led by Owen Spencer’s 18 points, including 12 in the second half.  The win improves their overall record to 15-2, (ECC 10-1), and keeps the Spartans ahead of the West Clermont Wolves, who continue to keep the pressure on, at 9-2.

Spencer wasted no time in getting things started when he drove down the lane for a contested bucket.  He then followed up with assists to Dom Cantrella and Trey Shetler.  Theisen Lee took the ball to the rack and was rewarded with the “and-one.”  In under two minutes of play, the Spartans were up 9-0.  Later, Shetler picked off a pass and was fouled on his attempt to score.  He sank both free throws to extend the lead to 14-2.  But the Tigers finished the quarter with a 6-0 run and trailed 14-8. 

In the second quarter Turpin’s zone defense continued to frustrate the Tigers as they struggled to find their offensive footing.  Spencer received a pass and was hammered under the basket but managed to score and complete the three-point play the hard way.  Deven Marathe closed the half by draining two foul shots as the Spartans limited the Tigers to four points in the second quarter and led 22-12. 

To open the third, Loveland put together a 7-3 run to cut the lead to seven, but that was as close as they would get for the rest of the game.  Spencer then went to work, pulling down boards and putting up points, including two shots from long range.  Jackson Holt got in on the action by hitting a deuce in the closing seconds of the quarter, where Spartans held a comfortable 40-22 lead.

Spencer and Holt continued the scoring into the final quarter.  The Tigers tried to claw back with a 10-2 run, but Ethan Zinn let them know it was much too little and way too late, as he threw in a three-ball.  Josh Bell and Quincy Mussio capped it off with baskets of their own, making it a 56- 33 final. 

No time to rest, as the Spartans turn around only to face a tough, out of conference opponent, in the McNicholas Rockets on Saturday.  Turpin will certainly be looking for payback after dropping last year’s contest 66-43 at McNick.  LET’S GO SPARTANS!!!


Notable Performances:

Scoring:  Spencer-18; Lee-11; Holt-9

Assists:  Holt-4; Spencer-3; Shetler-2

Rebounds:  Spencer-7; Shetler, Lee -6; Bell, Cantrella, Zinn - 3

Steals:  Shetler, Lee - 2

Blocks:  Spencer, Shetler, Lee - 1