Boys basketball season preview: Lima Senior Spartans


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Lima Senior’s Rico Stafford (34), Marquevious Wilson (0), Keaton Upshaw and Darius Gordon (14) celebrate after the Spartans defeated Canton McKinley in the regional final to earn a spot in the state Final Four. Upshaw, Jar Ward and Zanesto Martin are the only letterwinners back from last year’s run to the state final.


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Coach: Quincey Simpson

Years, career record: 3, 52-5

Division: I

Last year: 29-1, 14-0 TRAC (first), state runner-up

Returning letterwinners (* returning starter): Jar Ward* (Sr., 6-2, guard); Keaton Upshaw (Jr., 6-8, post); Zenesto Martin (Sr., 5-9, guard)

Promising newcomers: Javier Quinenos (Sr., 6-2, guard); Jatsiel Colon (Jr., 6-8, post); Jaleel King (So., 6-3, wing); B.J. Miller (Jr., 5-11, guard)

Team outlook: The Spartans lost four starters from the team that didn’t lose last season until it lost on a heart-breaking last-second shot in the state championship.

That doesn’t mean the news is bad for coach Quincey Simpson, though. There are 10 guys who can play, he says, as the players are athletic, long and lanky.

“We are young and athletic,” Simpson said. “Our success will be determined by getting health and how quickly our young guys adapt to the varsity level.”

The team has already suffered some early injuries, so the Spartans need to get healthy to reach their potential in Simpson’s motion-dribble drive offense. They’ll look to Jar Ward for some guidance, since he’s been there before with last year’s squad.

SCHEDULE

Dec. 9 at Toledo St. Francis de Sales 7:30 PM

Dec. 13 Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 7:30 PM

Dec. 16 Ponitz Career Technology Center, Cornerstone Health & Tech, Detroit 6:00 PM

Dec. 17 Wilmington, First Love Christian Academy 6:00 PM

Dec. 20 at Toledo Central Catholic 7:30 PM

Dec. 27 at Elida 7:30 PM

Dec. 30 Middletown 7:30 PM

Jan. 3 Fremont Ross 7:30 PM

Jan. 6 at Findlay 7:30 PM

Jan. 7 Huber Heights Wayne 7:30 PM

Jan. 13 at Toledo Whitmer 7:30 PM

Jan. 20 at Oregon Clay 7:30 PM

Jan. 21 Ottawa-Glandorf 7:30 PM

Jan. 24 Lima Central Catholic 7:30 PM

Jan. 27 Toledo St. Francis de Sales 7:30 PM

Jan. 31 at Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 7:30 PM

Feb. 3 Toledo Central Catholic 7:30 PM

Feb. 10 Fremont Ross 7:30 PM

Feb. 14 Findlay 7:30 PM

Feb. 17 Toledo Whitmer 7:30 PM

Feb. 24 at Oregon Clay 7:30 PM

Feb. 25 at Mansfield Senior 7:30 PM

Lima Senior’s Rico Stafford (34), Marquevious Wilson (0), Keaton Upshaw and Darius Gordon (14) celebrate after the Spartans defeated Canton McKinley in the regional final to earn a spot in the state Final Four. Upshaw, Jar Ward and Zanesto Martin are the only letterwinners back from last year’s run to the state final.
http://limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Lima-Sr-vs-McKinley-SA_15.jpgLima Senior’s Rico Stafford (34), Marquevious Wilson (0), Keaton Upshaw and Darius Gordon (14) celebrate after the Spartans defeated Canton McKinley in the regional final to earn a spot in the state Final Four. Upshaw, Jar Ward and Zanesto Martin are the only letterwinners back from last year’s run to the state final. File photo | The Lima News
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