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Turpin Handles Lebanon in Season Opener

Posted on: December 4, 2019

In a game where the Spartans were uncharacteristically plagued with fouls, they were able to keep it together and earn a road victory in the season opener.  Juniors, Jackson Holt and Dominic Cantrella each poured in fifteen points to lead the scoring.

The contest got off to an unusual start, as the Spartans were called for a technical foul for dunking during warm-ups.  As such, they found themselves down by two points before any time had ticked off the clock.  Senior, Owen Spencer, picked up his second foul shortly thereafter and exited the game in early foul trouble.  Turpin got things in gear when Cantrella drove to the hoop and was fouled.  The three-point play began a 13-5 run for the Spartans, including buckets from Holt, Cantrella and senior, Harry Tyszkiewicz.  The first quarter ended with Turpin leading 13-9.

Turpin continued to play good basketball at both ends of the floor, where Jackson Holt and junior, Ethan Zinn sank their first three-pointers of the young season.  Senior, Josh Bell contributed with an “and-one,” while sophomore, Deven Marathe finished the half with four points of his own, giving the Spartans  a commanding 29-13 lead.

The third quarter looked like it would be much of the same, as Bell hit a three-pointer, but thanks to some continued foul trouble for the Spartans, the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to eight at 33-25.  Turpin pulled it together and finished the quarter on a 10-0 run, including a couple more, much needed threes from Holt and Tyszkiewicz. 

The final quarter began with Turpin holding a comfortable lead of 43-26, but the Warriors would not go away quietly.  Spencer notched his first field goal of the game and Holt drained another three, putting the Spartans up, 48-28.  With 5:33 left, Lebanon made their move, going on a 13-2 run.  Cantrella stopped the bleeding with two consecutive drives to the hoop before fouling out with 1:27 remaining.  Zinn finished strong, scoring the final four points including two from the stripe, sealing the 58-49 victory. 

1-0 is certainly the best way to start the season.  Despite their foul trouble, Turpin kept Lebanon at arms distance throughout the game.  It was a good team win, which included scoring from eight different players.  The Spartans will likely face stiffer competition as they tip off against Canal Winchester on Saturday at Mason High School at 1:00.  LET’S GO SPARTANS!!!