HESPERIA — It took the Mason County Central boys basketball team time to warm up in Tuesday night’s non-conference game against Hesperia on the road.  

But, once the Spartans finally got its offense operating more smoothly midway through the first quarter, they pulled away for a convincing 87-45 victory and avoid a second straight loss.  

The Spartans gained a nine-point lead, 23-14 at the end of the first quarter. Mason County then outscored Hesperia, 29-13 in the second period and rolled into the half with a 52-27 bulge.  

Mason County continued its offensive assault in the third period, outscoring Hesperia by a whopping 27-7 to put the game away, leading 79-34 heading into the fourth quarter.  

We were a little sloppy to begin with,” Spartans head coach Tim Genson said. “It was 14-11, something like that, and I called a timeout, made a little attitude adjustment right there. Things seemed to get a little bit better.  

It was a good night. Got a lot of minutes, for a lot of guys. It was one of those games where you feel like you’re the better team, and you ought to play like it.”  

Will Chye fired in 24 points to lead the Spartans in scoring. He also dished out six assists and had three steals. Jayden Perrone poured in 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Tyler Thurow added 13 points.  

Maddox Mosley scored 24 points for Hesperia.  

Tonight I thought we did a great job getting started,” Hesperia coach Andrew Worcester said. “The first quarter we were doing a great job of competing on both offense and defense.  

However, we got ourselves into foul trouble and it forced us to sit three of our starters. The second half (was) comprised mostly (of) our JV kids, who played up and a couple of varsity (players) due to kids fouling out.  

Rebounds and transition defense has to get better. We can’t win a ball game allowing 20 plus points a quarter,” said the Hesperia head coach.  

The Spartans improved their record to 3-5 for the season overall, and are next scheduled to play on the road again Friday night when they take on North Muskegon in the West Michigan Conference.  

Hesperia dropped to 1-6 for the season and is next scheduled to play at Holton in the Central State Activities Association Silver on Friday night.