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I'll comment on Lima Senior football tomorrow...for today we'll focus on high school hoops.
Yesterday the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds posted their 10th straight win, 56-48 at Delphos St. Johns. It also marks the fourth consecutive win in the series for the 'Birds.
L.C.C. is now 10-1 and the list of teams they've defeated is quite impressive. Ottawa Glandorf (8-1), Crestview (8-1) and Liberty Benton (7-1) would all be perfect if not for the T-Birds. They've also beaten three other teams with winning records: New Bremen (8-2), St. Johns (6-3) and Columbus Grove (6-3).
The only bad teams they've played are Lincolnview and Shawnee while their only loss is at Elida in double overtime.
L.C.C. has thrived despite the loss of Bruce Hodges (who is now at Perry). Freshman Xavier Simpson has been a solid addition, providing tough defense and playing the distributor/facilitator role offensively. If Simpson finds his shooting touch, the 'Birds will be primed for a deep tournament run.
Darius West is a defensive stopper and is becoming more of a scoring threat. Martyce Kimbrough and Tr'eon Johnson are dynamic players and Cory Stewart and Jake Williams providing a decent inside presence.
Stewart suffered a sprained ankle in the St. Johns game but it doesn't appear to be serious.
In short, right now I think L.C.C. is the best team in our area.
Right there with them is the Bath Wildcats. The Cats overwhelmed Wapakoneta Friday night, forcing 21 turnovers in a 66-32 win.
Bath doesn't really have an inside game so if you can slow the game down and play half court, they're vulnerable, as we saw in their losses to Liberty Benton and Findlay. That's easier said than done as the Wildcats are loaded with athletes and their press is hard to handle.
The Elida Bulldogs, at 7-3, have the best player in the area in Dakota Mathias and are now getting more production from Ebin Stratton, Max Stambaugh and others.
The Bulldogs lost at Liberty Benton on Saturday but I think this is a team that will only get better as former "role players" continue to grow on the offensive end. Not only will that make it easier for Mathias but it will unleash Aric Thompson as he'll be able to hang out at the three point line and bomb away.
The Lima Senior Spartans have already surpassed last season's win total at 4-4 but the prospects are dim for a win anytime soon. Their next three games are: at Toledo St. Johns, home for Findlay and O-G.
Last Friday the Spartans missed an opportunity to take down Whitmer as the Panthers were without their top player, Nigel Hayes. However, Lima is leaning on a couple of freshman in Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to supplement veteran guards Devon Allen and Isiah Simpson and as of yet haven't developed the consistency to beat the better teams on its schedule.
They've also had problems in the fourth quarter of games as teams gang up on Allen to force others to make the plays necessary to close out wins.
Don't give up on this group, they're going to grow through the season as they take some lumps. If they can keep improving they'll be a dangerous team by March.
We move to Brower Road where the Temple Christian Pioneers are quietly putting together a strong season. Coach Bruce Bowman and company are seeking their fourth consecutive winning season and, at 8-3, they look like a shoo-in to do it.
The coach's son, Brock, knocked in a game-winning three with four seconds left in a win at Allen East Saturday. He's only a freshman and compliments a roster dominated by seniors Evan Sutton, Justin Kroehler and Andrew Rhoad.
If the Pioneers are to win the Northwest Central Conference they'll more than likely need to beat cross-town rival Perry in two weeks.
L.C.C.'s loss has been Perry's gain as Bruce Hodges came to the team in late December after leaving L.C.C.
It's no coincidence that Perry is 3-0 since his arrival. He allows the Commodore two other dynamic players (Point Guard Ralphael Sanders and Wing Jared Poling) to play in their comfort zone.
After averaging only 46 points in their first five games the Commodores have averaged 78 points in their three wins.
Poling, in particular, is thriving. His ability to hit the three will only be accentuated with Hodges on the team. He hit three in Friday's 76-49 win over Marion Catholic.
Amongst all generally good news as it pertains to Lima hoops, there is the Shawnee Inidans.
This program has hit a lull in talent and will be hard pressed to win many games in the rugged WBL. But Dick Heath's squad appears to be playing hard and have several close losses as part of a 1-8 record. Even though they're not as talented as most of the teams they will play, you can't sleep on them or they'll beat you.