Posted on: December 18, 2020


Senior Night arrived early in this unique basketball season and Klinger Court was decked out to honor our nine seniors, Jaiden Alcalde, Dominic Cantrella, Jack Cnota, Max Gundrum, Will Guy, Matthew Johnson, Theisen Lee, Matt Sheffer and Ethan Zinn.  In the winning effort, Zinn led the way with 17, supported by 12 from Cantrella and 11 from sophomore, Brady Hardewig.  The victory extends the Spartans’ winning streak to three with an overall record of 4-1 (3-0 ECC.)


Zinn set the tone early by driving baseline and taking the foul and both free-throws.  On their next trip down the court, Cantrella found Zinn on the wing for a 3-ball to build a 5-0 lead.  Cantrella then maneuvered his way to the rim with a nifty spin move to extend the lead to 7-1.  But West Clermont fought back with a 7-0 run to end the quarter, including a three at the buzzer, to take the lead at 8-7.


Teams continued to trade punches in the second quarter while the Wolves tried to extend the lead, but Zinn stopped the bleeding with a much needed three to pull the Spartans to within one at 17-16.  Junior, Jack Selfridge was left alone in the corner and made the Wolves pay, with his first three-pointer of the season.  The half ended with Turpin trailing 21-19.


The Spartans came out in the second half and scored the first bucket on a tough in-bound pass under the basket from Cantrella to Zinn, which tied the game at 21.  After a score by W. Clermont, Max Gundrum grabbed one of his eight boards and put it back up for two, tying the game at 23.  With the score tied again, this time at 25, Deven Marathe found a cutting, Matt Sheffer in the lane for the easy layup.  The Wolves picked up their eighth foul at the 2:56 mark and the Spartans could feel the momentum shifting to their side.  Hardewig pulled down an offensive rebound and scored a nice layup with his back to the rim.  Turpin would have the ball for the final shot of the quarter and with three seconds remaining, Cantrella drained a three in his defender’s eye to build the lead to 34-30.


After a quiet first three quarters, Hardewig began to heat up, scoring seven points as part of a 12-4 run.  Hardewig also served up a pretty dish to Gundrum in the lane for two.  The Wolves tried to claw their way back, making it a 46-40 game with around 3:30 remaining, but their foul woes allowed Turpin to slow the game down and add points at the free-throw line, all six deposited by Zinn, Cantrella and Sheffer.    


It wasn’t always pretty, but the home team got the job done and kept pace with Walnut Hills, who they will face on Friday, in a battle for first place in the ECC.


Scoring:  Zinn-17, Cantrella-12, Hardewig-11, Gundrum-4, Sheffer-4, Selfridge-3, Alcalde-1

Rebounds:  Gundrum-8, Hardewig-5, Sheffer-3, Cantrella & Zinn-2, Guy-1

Assists/Steals:  Cantrella-6/0, Hardewig-2/0, Marathe-1/0, Gundrum-0/3, Alcalde & Zinn-0/2, Guy-0/1, Sheffer-0/1