Although the Trojan ninth graders lost 45-39 Feb. 15 at Knoxville, Fairfield?s future is bright on the boys? basketball side with the freshman class finishing the regular season 9-6 overall and 5-3 in SEC play with the Trojans defeating all four of their conference foes at least once in 2017-18.
As for their regular season finale, Knoxville jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and despite Landen Schafer responding with a three-pointer for the Trojans, the lead was short-lived as the Panthers held a 9-4 advantage after eight minutes of play. After getting outscored again in the second period, this time 12-9, the Trojans trailed 21-13 at the half.
Each team scored 11 points in the third quarter, allowing Knoxville to keep the Trojans at arms-length even though Fairfield cut the deficit to three twice, 32-29 and 34-31 before the Panthers made free throws to push the lead back to 45-36 before Nate Whitney hit a game-ending long ball to cut the official loss to six points.
Scoring for the Trojans went as follows: Ethan Waugh and Blake Landen Schafer had 10 points each; Blake Holden had nine points; Nathan Whitney scored six points; and Xavier Kapijimpanga had four points.
Head Coach Glenn Perkins said, ?This group has good basketball skills and I look forward to watching them improve over the next three years.?
Other members of the team not mentioned were: Cris Chavez, Jeremy Crile, Chandler Gerleman, Kyle Jeffrey, Ethan Nebinger and Tysean Redd who all contributed to the teams scoring at some point during the season.