Sixteen days ago, the Fairfield boys? basketball players rode home from Cedar Rapids after an 83-52 loss to the Washington Warriors, the teams third consecutive loss in a weeks? span, with their overall record just 5-8 in Head Coach Mick Flattery?s return to the gentlemen?s game. Keep in mind, it matters who you play and the Trojans have played many good teams this season. In fact, the eight losses Fairfield has suffered have come to No. 1 Oskaloosa, two losses to No. 2 Mt. Pleasant, a loss to 14-5 PCM on the road, a two-point loss to Iowa City Liberty who is basically a 4A school playing in 3A, and three actual 4A schools.
All that is now in the past, and presently, the Trojans are winners of five straight after coasting in and out of Centerville with a 22 point victory Tuesday night in non-conference play.
Not only did the Trojans shoot nearly 50 percent from the perimeter, going 9-20, but they were successful on 15 of 18 attempts from the foul line.
?We found a different way to win again,? said Coach Flattery. ?We had three starters in foul trouble early on in both halves, but we had other guys step up, play really good defense and we had good scoring balance as well,? said the coach.
11th grader Tristin Waugh had a breakout game, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 boards to go with three assists. Fellow junior Carson Crile added nine points, six rebounds and four assists.
Senior Dante Cingire had eight points and two dimes, while fellow elder Aaron Haines had two points himself. Other stat lines: Collin Breen eight points, four assists; Austin Simpson seven points, six rebounds; Cole Engle seven points, Mark Diers six points.
The 60-38 win improves the Trojans record to 9-8 overall with just four games remaining for the guys, with the team returning to SEC play Friday when they host Keokuk and celebrate their seniors, Cingire, Haines, and Hunter Drish along with the girls? Ashtyn Drish and Nicole Buch.
Tipoff will follow the girls? game around 7:45 p.m.