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.
For the second time in 3 years, the Turpin Spartans earned a place in the sectional finals in the Division 1 basketball tournament. Last evenings opponent, the #2 seed Mason Comets, were also the ranked 5th in the state going into the postseason. However, the Spartans were not intimidated and dominated the first half, but Mason rallied after the intermission to escape the Spartans upset bid, 37-34.
In the second round of the sectional tournament, Turpin faced the Fairfield Indians of the GMC and after an evenly played 1st quarter, the Spartan defense completely took control of the game by yielding only 4 points in each of the next two quarters on the way to solid 45-30 victory and a trip to the sectional finals next Tuesday.
With the regular season behind them, the Spartans turned their attention to the sectional tournament and an opening game versus GCL stalwart, Mercy. After some jitters and slow start, the Spartans used an 18 point 2nd quarter to take control of the game and a 17 point 3rd quarter to make it academic in route to a comfortable 46-30 victory.