Cedar Rapids Kennedy came to town Saturday, and snapped the boys? basketball teams? winning streak at a modest two games, beating the Trojans 66-50.
Fairfield Head Coach Mick Flattery thought his team competed well, but admitted that 19 turnovers by the home team was way too many, ?This was a really good learning game for us.? He continued, ?It?s good for us to go against the kind of defensive pressure and physical play that Kennedy threw at us. This game, and how we were able to compete, will only make us better.?
The game was tight early, with the Cougars leading 16-14 after eight minutes. The second quarter is where Kennedy?s pressure allowed them to pull away, outscoring the Trojans 16-8 in the second period.
The third quarter was closer for Fairfield, but not by much as Kennedy increased it?s lead to the final spread of 16. A 15-15 output by the two teams in the final quarter left the final score 66-50 in favor of the visitor?s from the North.
Tristin Waugh has been improving his shooting touch, pouring in 17 points in the weekend showdown.
Pointguard Dante Cingere added 11 points and four assists, while Collin Breen had a big second half with all eight of his points coming in the third/fourth quarters.
Austin Simpson found some space in the paint, scoring six points and grabbing nine rebounds. The Trojans leading scoring early in the season, Carson Crile, had four points and eight rebounds, while Mark Diers had three points, and Cooper Drish one.
The next matchup for 2-4 Fairfield comes on the road Thursday in a SEC matchup with Keokuk that will have the Trojans trying to improve to 2-1 in conference play heading into the holiday break.