Turpin Too Tough for Tigers

Posted on: December 21, 2019
Tags: Boys basketball

The Spartans were on the road Tuesday and took home another “W” after they outlasted the Loveland
Tigers, by the score of 57-42. Turpin was led by Jackson Holt’s 16, followed by 11 each from Owen
Spencer, Dominic Cantrella and Thesien Lee. Turpin maintains their perfect record and moves to 7 – 0 (4– 0 ECC).

Turpin won the tip-off and Spencer went right to work, putting up the first four points of the game.
Ethan Zinn added to the lead after stealing the ball and going the length of the floor for the hoop, plus
one. Loveland had no answer for Turpin’s trapping defense, which often led to turnovers, (18 in all.)
After Holt drained a three, followed by a layup from Lee, Loveland had seen enough and called a time
out with 2:52 left in the quarter. A timely three kept the Tigers in it at 12-8. Holt answered with his own
three and Cantrella drove to the basket for a layup as time expired. Turpin led 17-10 after the first.

Holt sank another three extending the lead to 21-13, but then was forced to the bench after picking up
his second foul, mid-way through second quarter. Cantrella went to the rim with a hesitation move,
scoring and drawing the foul. The Tigers clawed back to trail by only six, at 24-18. Cantrella, then found
Junior, Matt Sheffer, alone on the perimeter and he did not delay in draining a much needed three-
pointer, which kept the Tigers at a distance. Josh Bell then lobbed it in to Spencer who beat his man for
an easy bucket. At half, Turpin led 29-18.

Turpin began the third with an 8-3 run including scores from Spencer and Holt. It appeared that the
Spartans would break the game wide open, leading 37-18. However, Loveland went on a 14-6 run to
finish the quarter down by eight, 43-35.

To open the fourth, the Spartans went on a 10-3 run including scores by Lee, Cantrella, Holt and Bell.
They also continued to keep the heat turned up on defense. The Tigers tried to keep it close by making
a couple of threes, as it was their only hope. But in the end, the Spartans proved to be the better team,
taking the game by the final score of 57-42. Overall, a great team win, with a lot of players contributing.
Next up is a Friday night contest against the second place Walnut Hills Eagles, at Klinger Court. The
game will give the Spartans the opportunity to create some distance between them and the rest of the
pack in the ECC. LET’S GO SPARTANS!!!

Notable Performances:
Scoring: Holt - 16; Spencer, Cantrella, Lee - 11
Rebounds: Cantrella - 6; Shetler, Spencer, Holt - 3
Assists: Cantrella – 6
Steals: Cantrella, Zinn, Lee - 2
Blocks: Spencer, Shetler - 1