The Fairfield boys basketball team easily improved to 1-0 in Southeast Conference play with a 56-34 victory over Mt. Pleasant in the FHS gymnasium Friday night.
The Trojans jumped out to a nearly double-digit lead after only eight minutes of play, leading 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. Mt. Pleasant responded though with a 15-14 advantage in the second period to contain their deficit to single digits, trailing 29-21 at halftime.
“The third quarter defense was really the turning point,” said Mick Flattery about his team’s domination that led to a 17-2 offensive run in the third. “Mt. Pleasant either turned the ball over or missed a field goal and it was one and done for them while we were able to get some run outs turned into points.
With a 46-23 lead with just one quarter to play, Flattery got some playing time for his bench in the fourth, with the Trojans still running basically even with the Panthers who edged Fairfield in scoring 11-10 during the final period.
“Austin Simpson was terrific with his first double-double of the season,” said Flattery of the senior’s 22 point/12 rebound performance. “Collin Breen was able to score a lot in transition, and our two-point field goal shooting was really good.(22-35 63-percent)” added Flattery. “We also had 17 team assists that led to some nice baskets, and it was also great getting in all the guys.”
22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals
11 points, three assists and 3 steals
Seven points, five rebounds and four assists
Seven points, seven rebounds and two assists
Four points, four rebounds and three assists
Four points,four rebounds and three deflections
The Trojans are now 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the SEC with a non-conference showdown at Ottumwa Tuesday night.