>>BoysHigh School Basketball
Lima Senior 68, Lima Central Catholic 53.
(Lima, OH) -- In front of an overflow crowd at Lima Senior Gymnasium, the home team jumped out to a big lead and took back The Lima Cup.
Lima Senior (10-and-2) forced seven first quarter Lima Central Catholic turnovers and made four three-pointers to build a 24-8 lead after one quarter of play.
The Spartans maintained that 16-point advantage at the half and never let the lead drop lower than eight points in the second half.
In total, the Thunderbirds (13-and-2) committed 20 turnovers.
Xavier Simpson led four Spartans in double figures with 19 points. Jay Thomas added 15, Elijah Pughsley had 12 and Rico Stafford chipped in with 10.
Dantez Walton led L.C.C. with 16 points.
The win ended L.C.C.’s five-year possession of The Lima Cup and ran Lima Senior’s winning streak to ten.
The Spartans now face a huge Three Rivers Athletic Conference matchup at Toledo St. Johns Friday night. The Titans are 7-0 in the conference while Lima Senior sits at 6-1.
St. John’s won 82-79 in overtime at Lima back on December 12th.
Friday night’s game will be broadcast here on 1150 WIMA.
Bluffton 43, Kenton 37.
(Bluffton, OH) -- Joel Siefker’s 16 points led the Pirates (11-and-3) to a home win.
Crestview 72, Shawnee 56.
(Lima, OH) -- Crestview improved to 9-and-4 as Connor Lautzenheiser scored 26 points.
Van Wert 55, Kalida 46.
(Van Wert, OH) -- Josh Braun (15 points) led the Cougars (5-and-8) to a win over the Wildcats (9-and-5).
MillerCity 63, Tinora 58.
(Miller City, OH) -- Adam Niese pumped in 23 points to lead the Wildcats (10-and-4) to victory.
>>GirlsHigh School Basketball
Bath (14-and-1) 53, Delphos St. John’s 18.
Ottawa-Glandorf (13-and-2) 53, Anthony Wayne 33.
Wapakoneta (12-and-3) 50, New Knoxville 44.
Wayne Trace 68, Delphos Jefferson 57.
Tinora 85, Paulding 30.
Waynesfield-Goshen 47, Hardin Northern 35.
Van Buren 64, Perry 44.
KentState 63, Central Michigan 53.
(Kent, OH) -- Devereaux Manley and Kris Brewer scored 16 apiece, and Jimmy Hall had 15 points and 15 rebounds as KentState (15-5, 6-1 MAC) beat Central Michigan (14-4, 4-3) 63-53, its sixth straight win.
Bowling Green 56, Northern Ilinois 46.
(Bowling Green, OH) -- Richaun Holmes scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Bowling Green (13-5, 5-2 MAC)to a 56-46 victory over Northern Illinois (8-10, 2-5).
Buffalo 77, Western Michigan 71.
(Buffalo, NY) -- Justin Moss scored 23 points with 10 rebounds and Buffalo (13-6, 4-3 MAC) pulled away in the second half to beat Western Michigan (13-7, 4-3) 77-71.
Akron 59, BallState 47.
(Akron, OH) -- Pat Forsythe scored a career-high 17 points as Akron(14-6, 5-2 MAC) beat BallState (7-11, 2-5) 59-47, its 12th straight win in the series.
Toledo 70, Miami 65.
(Toledo, OH) Jonathan Williams scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Toledo (12-8, 4-3 MAC) held off Miami (7-13, 2-5) 70-65.
Eastern Michigan 76, Ohio 40.
(Ypsilanti, MI) -- Raven Lee scored 19 points and Mike Talley added 16 with seven assists as Eastern Michigan (13-7, 2-5 MAC) broke out of its slump to beat Ohio (7-11, 2-5) 76-40.
>>Xavier Dumps Georgetown
(Washington, DC) -- Xavier picked up an important Big East victory, going on the road dumping Georgetown, 66-53, at the VerizonCenter. Myles Davis led the way posting 19 points and five assists for the Musketeers, who improved to 14-and-7 overall and 5-and-4 in conference. Xavier is at Seton Hall on Saturday.
NCAA Top-25 Men's Basketball ("USA Today" Rankings)
#15 VCU 72, George Washington 48.
#17 West Virginia 65, Kansas State 59.
Oklahoma State 64, #19 Baylor 53.
(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Michigan bounced back from a loss to Wisconsin on Sunday to beat Nebraska 58-44 last night at the CrislerCenter. Zak Irvin led the Wolverines with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Aubrey Dawkins added 13 points and Max Bielfeldt had 12 points. U of M, 13-8 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten play, will tip off against Michigan State in East Lansing on Sunday.
>>Cavs Stay Hot Dumping Pistons
(Auburn Hills, MI) -- It was the Kyrie Irving and LeBron James show as the Cavaliers kept it rolling with a 103-95 victory against the Pistons at The Palace. Irving hit six threes on his way to 38 points and added six assists. James posted 32 with seven helpers and six rebounds. The rest of the Cleveland team combined to score 43 points with no one else in double figures. The Cavs have won seven straight and host the Blazers tonight.
>>Blue Jackets Sink Caps
(Columbus, OH) -- Cam Atkinson lit the lamp five minutes into the third period, clinching the Blue Jackets 4-3 win against the Capitals at Nationwide Arena. Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin each had a goal and an assist for Columbus, which has won three of four. Curtis McElhinney stopped 25-of-28 shots in the victory. The Jackets are at the Panthers tomorrow night.
(Sunrise, FL) -- The Red Wings began the second half of the season with a 5-4 win over the Panthers in Florida. Luke Glendening scored twice, while Detroit also got goals from Drew Miller, Henrik Zetterberg and Stephen Weiss. Petr Mrazek stopped 37 shots in the win. The Wings put their six game winning streak on the line when they face off against the Lightning in Tampa tomorrow night.