LIMA – For the first eight minutes Friday night, Ross’ boys basketball team was hitting its shots and looked like it was due for another neck-and-neck thriller with Lima Senior, just as it had in the teams’ previous meeting.
Then the Little Giants went cold. Shots stopped falling and turnovers became more frequent. By the end of the night, nearly half of Ross’ field goals came in that first quarter and it totaled more turnovers than made baskets in a 70-49 loss to the Spartans.
Ross led 18-16 after the first quarter thanks to three first-quarter 3-pointers by Keyon Sewell. Ross made seven shots in the opening period, but just nine more the rest of the night.
The Little Giants then scored just 15 points combined over the second and third quarters and were outscored by 18 points during that stretch.
Ross had 12 consecutive second-quarter possessions without a scoring as shots either missed the mark or the Spartans’ defense forced the Little Giants to turn the ball over. Ross totaled 18 turnovers on the night – 10 coming in the first half.
Of Ross’ 16 field goals, exactly half came from 3-point range.
Sewell ended the night with five 3-pointers and a game-high 16 points as the Little Giants’ record dipped to 6-12 overall, 2-10 in the TRAC.
After playing five games in two weeks, Ross gets a chance to catch its breath, with a week off until hosting Whitmer next Friday at 7:30.
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