CELINA – It was a start that Lima Senior would like to forget.
Celina jumped out quickly on the Spartans, and never let up, en route to an 84-68 nonconference win in boys’ basketball action Saturday at the Celina Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs connected on 11 of 14 field goal attempts in the first eight minutes of action, as they pulled out to a 27-13 lead by the end of the first quarter.
By the halftime break, Celina led 47-33. In the second half, Celina extended the lead to as many as 22 points.
For the game, Celina (2-0) shot a torrid 67 percent from the field. Lima Senior (1-2) connected on 39 percent of its shots from the floor.
Celina’s Ryan Hoyng led all scorers with 25 points, with 18 of those coming in the first half. The 6-foot-3 Hoyng scored most of his points inside as the Bulldogs were successful in working the ball down low, and beating the Spartans in transition.
Logan Delong (6-4) scored 21 points and had six rebounds. Mason Ross (6-5) added 12 points for Celina.
Mari Dillingham led Lima Senior with 24 points, including three 3-pointers. Dillingham did not score in the first quarter, but scored 11 in the second stanza. Rico Stafford scored 15 points and made three steals for the Spartans.
Lima Senior did cut the deficit to 36-29 in the second quarter. However, that would be as close as the Spartans would come. Celina closed out the first half with an 11-4 run. The Bulldogs shot 73 percent from the field in the first half.
“We’re just not very good right now,” Lima Senior coach Shawn Allen said. “It starts with me and filters down to everybody else. We’re struggling – period. We’re not playing very hard, and that’s my fault.”
Celina got to the free throw line often, making 27-of-38 from the line. Lima Senior was just 7-of-14 at the charity stripe.
Celina also won the battle on the boards, 33-26.
In the turnover department, Celina committed 24 turnovers, while Lima Senior turned the ball over 17 times.