The 4th game of 2017-18 season saw the first ever tilt between the West Clermont Wolvers (4-0) and the Turpin Spartans (2-2) at Klinger Court. A sizeable crowd accompanied the visitors who were pre-season favorites to take the conference crown, but early on the Spartans were not accommodating hosts as they controlled the tempo and kept the Wolves inside game at bay. However, the Wolves outside shooting broke open a tight contest as the visitors eventually rolled to a 50-33 victory over Turpin.
With 3 games in the first six days of the season, the Turpin Spartans had a tough beginning to their first road game of the year at Loveland. The hosts used a trapping half court man to man defense to jump out to an early lead that could not be overcome by visiting Spartans. Turpin suffered their first loss of the year, 39-27.
A wise old hunter once told me that in Africa in order to catch a lion you need to patient, clever and most of all, lucky. The Spartans caught the Little Miami Panthers on Monday, but on Thursday it was the Ursuline Academy (UA) Lions who came a calling to Klinger Court. Although both teams struggled to score, and defense dominated the game, Turpin, found a way to force overtime. It took two extra periods, but the Spartans prevailed 42-30.
The Turpin Spartans hosted the Little Miami Panthers in the opener of the 2017-18 basketball season. Although Turpin started the game tentatively, the squad, loaded with upper classman, erased a 9 point first quarter deficit by outscoring the Panthers 40-29 in the final three quarters for a 45-42 victory.