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Express win behind big game from Helton

By Craig Fata, 01/24/16, 2:30PM CST


Lima moves over .500 for first time in 2016


January 24, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Illinois – The Lima Express used a monster game from James Helton to push their record over the .500 mark for the first time on the 2016 Midwest Professional Basketball Season, with a 138-118 win over the Gateway Steam Sunday.

The two teams exchanged the lead several times in the first quarter before Lima used a burst to take a 21-11 lead with 3:27 left in the period.  A Gateway run narrowed the gap to 23-21 at the end of the first frame.

Lima hung onto the lead until the 6:25 mark, when back-to-back buckets by Phil Stewart gave the Steam the lead at 33-32.  The Express regained the lead one possession later, and it would be a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.  The half ended with Lima up 55-51.

Led by Helton and Cordaryl Ballard, Lima ballooned the lead to 17 points in the third, which ended with the Express up 92-81.  Gateway would get to within ten at 101-91 midway through the fourth, but from there, the Express pulled away.

Helton finished with 36 points on 16-of-20 shooting.  Ballard had 21 points and eleven rebounds.  Johnny Elliott, Kyle Meyer, David Atkinson, Ed Jenkins and Devaughn Taylor-Buntyn all scored in double figures for Lima (3-2).

Lonnel Johnson led Gateway (0-2) with 35 points on 13-of-17 shooting.  Nicholas Reed, Anthony Goode and Brandon Goss all scored in double figures for the Steam.