After a rough start to Friday night’s match up with Southeast Conference rival Washington, the Fairfield boys basketball team came back for a 55-37 victory to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SEC.
FHS senior Tristin Waugh hit a free throw with 5:41 remaining in the opening quarter to give the Trojans their first point of the ball game, however, Washington’s Luke Turner hit a 3-pointer with 4:45 left to increase the Demons advantage to 10-1. Classmate Carson Crile made the first field goal for Fairfield with 2:55 on the clock to cut the deficit to 12-3. Twelfth-grader Austin Simpson grabbed a rebound with a put back to get it to 14-5 before Crile hit the back-end of two foul shots to end the quarter down 14-6.
A 5-0 run over the first three minutes left Fairfield down just 14-11 and a Mark Diers put-back with 1:40 in the period tied the score at 18 a piece where it stayed until the half.
Second half explosion
The third quarter was again bountiful for the Trojan offense who tallied 16 points against 10 for the Demons. Senior Collin Breen had a big-quarter with a run-down block with five minutes remaining in the third and a key three-pointer with 2:39 on the clock. Crile nailed a hook shot at the buzzer to give the Trojans a 34-28 lead with eight minutes left.
Fairfield more than exceeded their offensive output from the first half in the fourth quarter alone, adding 21 points to their total while allowing just an addition nine to the Demons board.
“We had a slow start but we kept our composure,” said head coach Mick Flattery. “We started getting defensive stops, offensive put-backs and started playing with more of a sense of urgency. Four times we held them scoreless for three or more minutes, and our defense was really good. You could tell we missed Drew Martin’s energy. (Had nose surgery on Thursday and is hoping to return for Pella game) We came out of the halftime locker room with great energy and purpose,” concluded the Trojan skipper.
Crile stayed hot offensively, scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Breen was 6-9 from the charity stripe which allowed him to accumulate 19 points for Fairfield with 12 coming in the final 16 minutes of play. The senior also had six rebounds and four assists. Waugh totaled seven points, four boards and three assists and Diers added four points and four rebounds.
Austin Simpson had three points and was big on the boards with 10 for the Trojans. Soon-to-be-graduate Brittan Bowman had a rebound for Fairfield as well.
The 3-1 Trojans will now spend the week in non-conference play with a trip to Pella Tuesday and then a home matchup with Iowa City Liberty on Saturday at the FHS gymnasium.