On Saturday Continental High Boys Basketball and Lima Temple Christian game was decided by a Pirate 16-4 advantage in the second quarter. The Pioneers started the game out by hitting a pair of baskets for a 4-0 lead. Pirate Gavin Huff hit a pair of free throws to cut the early margin to 2. A Pioneer basket was followed by Huff hitting a 2 then a 3 to give the Pirates a 7-6 lead. A made free throw by the Pioneers made it 7 all after one. Pirates Mitchell Coleman and Rhenn Armey started the second quarter by putting themselves in the 2020-21 scorebook when Coleman would make a basket and Armey a 3 to give the Pirates the lead for good 12-7. A Pioneer 3 point play was followed by a Pirate 6 point run (2 free throws by Huff, 2 free throws and a basket by Coleman) to open up a Pirate 18-10 advantage. A free throw by the Pioneers would finish their point total for the half at 11 while the Pirates would get a 3 from Huff and a basket from Coleman for a 23-11 halftime Pirate advantage.
The second half would see the Pirates offense continue to roll as they put in the first 7 points of the half (a pair of free throws by Armey, a 3 point play and a basket by Coleman) to stake the Pirates to a 30-11 lead. The Pioneers would score 7 of the last 9 points of the third to make it 32-19 after 3. The Pirates would win the fourth 9-7 for a 41-25 final.
Mitchell Coleman led the Pirates with 18 points while Gavin Huff put in 5. Rhenn Armey put in 5 and Bryce Recker had 3. Huff made two 3 point baskets for the Pirates while Coleman had 1. The Pioneers made one 3 point attempt. Continental out-rebounded Temple Christian 27-13 and won the turnover battle 10-11.
Pirates are now 1-1 and will host Hicksville on Friday. Lima Temple Christian falls to 0-1.
–Mike Jones, Sportswriter