The Fairfield boys? basketball team avenged their 46-44 Jan. 2 home loss to Iowa City Liberty with a 51-47 road win Friday night.
The Trojans shot an impressive 46 percent from the field, including 45 percent from the perimeter and 79 percent from the foul line.
Head Coach Mick Flattery said, ?It?s a great road win over a team that defeated us earlier in the year, and there appears to be a pretty good rivalry starting between us two.?
After outpacing the Lightning 13-10 in the opening period, Fairfield held a 24-21 advantage before sprinting out of the gate in the third and outscoring the home team 16-8 to take an 11 points lead into the final eight minutes of play.
Liberty didn?t give up, scoring 18 in the fourth to just 11 for the visiting Trojans and as coach Flattery put it, ?We held off their scrambling defense in the 4th to win.?
He added, ?I?m proud of our guys for stepping up to the physical play, and finding a way to win on the road. They really stayed together.?
Seven Trojans contributed to the 51 point total, led by senior Dante Cingire who had 18 points, to go with his four steals and assists and according to coach Flattery, ?worked his tail off versus their fullcourt pressure defense.? Cole Engle was 2-3 from outside the arc on his way to a 10 point and four rebound stat line. Austin Simpson was the third Trojan to score in double figures with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists and also did a, ?great job finding open men versus their low-post double teams,? according to his coach.
Collin Breen added five points, as did Tristin Waugh who also had three boards while holding the Lightning?s leading scorer, sophomore Andre Brandon, well below his 16.8 points per game average.
Carson Crile had two ponts and five rebounds, while Drew Martin tallied one point and two boards.
Fairfield is now 7-8 overall and 4-2 in SEC play with six games remaining in the regular season including Keokuk at home Feb. 2 and Fort Madison on the road Feb. 9.
Tonight the Trojans will host 8-8 Albia in a girls? /boys? doubleheader with the gentlemen following the ladies at approximately 7:30 p.m.