On Thursday, February 23 the Turpin Spartans (6-17) saw their season come to a close at the hands of the Princeton Vikings (14-9) in a first round Sectional game at Hamilton High School.
The Vikings played like a well-oiled machine and had all its parts working – size, speed, and shooting skills. Jack Tyszkiewicz got the scoring going with a drive to the basket, then Clay Scherer made two free throws after a Viking basket to put the Spartans up 4-2. Princeton tied it with a basket, but Ben Hemmelgarn hit a three pointer to put Turpin up 7-4. After the Vikings answered with a three, Nick Haddad scored to put the Spartans back on top. Princeton scored four straight to go up 11-9, but Haddad got the lead back with a three pointer. The Vikings then went on a 6-0 run which was ended by a Tyszkiewicz basket at the buzzer, and the Spartans trailed 17-14 going into the second quarter. Princeton scored five straight to start the second quarter, until Josh Bell scored to make the score 22-16. The Vikings began widening the lead with a 5-0 run which Marc Gendreau stopped with a three pointer to make the score 27-19. The Spartans fell behind by 14 after Princeton scored six straight. Hemmelgarn made two free throws, but the Vikings scored again. The Spartans were able to cut the deficit to eight, scoring six straight on a basket by Tyszkiewicz, and two free throws apiece by Scherer and Haddad. The Vikings ended the quarter’s scoring with a basket and took a 37-27 lead into halftime.
The tables were turned on the Spartans in the third quarter which had been their best quarter all season. The Vikings came out on fire, going on a 13-2 run to take a 50-29 lead. Bell made a basket and Haddad hit a three to cut the deficit to 50-34, but the Vikings hit a three, then dropped in another after a Jack Campbell basket to take a 56-36 lead into the fourth quarter. Tyszkiewicz made a free throw to start the quarter, but Princeton answered with four straight to take a 60-37 lead. The Vikings were able to widen the lead to 63-39, but as has been the case all season the Spartans continued playing hard and scored six straight on a basket by Griffen Durso, a free throw by Durso and a conventional three point play by Tyzkiewicz to make the score 63-45. The Vikings stopped the run with a basket. At that point the seniors began checking out for the last time, and the final score was 69-48 in favor of the Vikings. They now take on Colerain on Tuesday, February 28, and the Spartans’ season is complete. Turpin was led in scoring by Tyszkiewicz with 13 points, followed by Haddad with 12 (two three pointers), Durso and Hemmelgarn (one three) with five each, Bell and Scherer with four apiece, Gendreau with three (three pointer), and Campbell two.
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