With visiting South Central still fighting for the conference title and Plymouth reeling — having lost three of four — the Big Red wanted to establish control early. The Big Red did just that, but in the end the Trojans had too much David Lamoreaux and Simon Blair in a 59-39 win at Plymouth High School.
With the win, South Central improved to 13-3 overall and 9-1 in the FC, which is one game behind league-leading Western Reserve (11-4, 10-0).
With the first quarter buzzer sounding, Walker Elliot caught a desperation heave by Jacob Adams for the putback. Then, Kade Collins started the second quarter by nailing a three-pointer just 18 seconds in, and Jacob Adams sank a free throw to give the Big Red a 19-12 lead with all kinds of momentum.
But then the Trojans dropped into high gear with a ball pressure defense and precision offense.
Lamoreaux took over the game with under two minutes left in the first half by scoring 20 of the game’s next 27 points. Over a four-minute period in the third quarter, he had a 10-0 scoring run and finished the game with 25 points and seven rebounds.
“Give Plymouth credit, they came out ready to play tonight and started off shooting very well,” South Central coach Brett Seidel said. “After Kade hit the three to start the second quarter, I thought, ‘uh-oh.’ But then I think we did a good job of settling in and playing defense.
“Going in we felt like they were a little smaller than us and we went to David by design,” he added. “He did a good job inside and I thought that Simon and the other guys played really well also.”
Lamoreaux said that it was just a team effort and that he was thankful for the opportunity to help his team win.
“Early in the game we were having trouble scoring and we decided to try to get points underneath,” Lamoreaux said. “My teammates put me in a good position to score and this was probably the best game’s I had so far.
“We have had a lot of support from the fans and everyone is excited with the start that we have had this year,” he added. “When you have the fans getting excited during the game it just gives us a little extra energy.”
The other key to the Trojan win was in defending Plymouth’s star Jacob Adams who had an off shooting night and scored just 16 points to lead the Big Red. South Central threw everything it could at Adams and made it tough on him the entire game.
“Whenever you have a talent like Adams you have to make sure that every shot he puts up is contested,” Seidel said. “We wanted to make sure that he was challenged every time he touched the ball and I think we did that tonight.”
Acting Plymouth coach Hunter Bailey said that it was a tough night altogether for Plymouth who was without head coach Derick Shelenberger.
“Jacob just had an off night shooting,” Bailey said. “They defended him well for the entire game and made him earn everything. When you are playing against someone with the skill set that he has you have to focus on him. He still made some tough shots and he missed a few that he normally makes.
“I am proud of how the team responded to a tough situation tonight without Coach Shelenberger on the bench,” Bailey continue. “He is the leader and the voice of this program and whenever you are missing that voice it is tough to overcome and I think that they did a good job tonight of competing.”
Adams finished with 16 points for the Big Red, while Collins had 11 and Elliott scored nine. The Big Red are at Crestview tonight in a rescheduled game.
Also for the Trojans, Blair finished with 20 points, while Alex Holland added five points, seven rebounds and three assists.
South Central moves on to host New London on Tuesday in another rescheduled Firelands conference game.
“Every game in the conference is big,” Seidel said. “This has been an exciting year so far. The community has been great and have traveled well and shown up at all the games whether they are on the road or at home.”
SOUTH CENTRAL (13-3, 9-1)
Simon Blair 7-4—20; Sam Seidel 1-0—2; Alex Holland 2-1—5; David Lamoreaux 10-4—25; Isaiah Seidel 2-0—4; Ethan Gifford 1-0—2. TOTALS 23-10—59.
PLYMOUTH (7-9, 4-6)
Anthony Montgomery 1-0—3; Walker Elliott 4-1—9; Jacob Adams 7-1—16; Kade Collins 3-2—11. TOTALS 15-4—39.
S. Central 12 18 17 12 — 59
Plymouth 15 8 9 7 — 39
3-point FGs: (SC) (P) Collins 3, Adams, Montgomery