On Saturday, December 27 the Turpin JV (4-3) won their third straight game (all by double digits), defeating the Amelia Barons 46-29. Similar to the prior game versus Glen Este, the Spartans started slowly and had to overcome a halftime deficit to get the win.
The Barons jumped out to a 4-0 lead until Matt Wiesenhahn scored. Amelia answered with a three pointer, but Marc Gendreau made one of his own. The Barons scored again, but Gendreau hit another three to make the score 9-8, Amelia after one quarter. Jack Campbell hit a three to start the second quarter, but then the Barons went on a 10-0 run before a Gendreau free throw cut the deficit to 19-12. Wiesenhahn ended the quarters’ scoring with a stick back off a missed free throw, and the Spartans trailed 19-14 at halftime.
Campbell started the second half by grabbing a loose ball under the basket and scoring to cut Amelia’s lead to 19-16. The Barons answered with a basket, but then the Spartans went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good at 25-21. Brad Herndon started the run with a three pointer. Gendreau made two free throws, then had a steal and went coast to coast for a layup. Campbell then came up with a steal and Jack Tyskiewicz scored. The Barons stopped the run with a free throw, but Wiesenhahn scored, then hit a twelve footer after a Baron hoop. Tyskiewicz scored an offensive rebound bucket to make the score 31-24, Turpin. Amelia scored to try to stem the tide, but Wiesenhahn answered with a basket, then had a steal and fed Campbell for a layup and the Spartans led 35-26 going into the fourth quarter. The final quarter was all Spartans as they outscored Amelia 11-3 with its trapping defense taking its toll. Wiesenhahn scored three straight, then Gendreau scored off a steal caused by pressure defense. The Barons finally scored a basket, but Wiesenhahn hit another bucket, and after a Baron free throw the Spartans scored four straight to end the game. Herndon and Owen Richardson each made a free throw and Wiesenhahn made a basket off an offensive rebound. Turpin ended up outscoring Amelia 30-10 in the second half. Wiesenhahn led the Spartan scoring effort with 17 points (13 in the second half), followed by Gendreau with 13 (two three pointers), Campbell with seven (one three), Herndon (one three) and Tyskiewicz with four apiece, and Richardson scored one. The Spartans now take some time off for the remainder of Holiday break before jumping back into ECC action at cross-township rival Anderson Tuesday, January 6. Tip-off is 6:00 pm.