The Trojan boy’s basketball team improved to 7-2 overall with a 63-52 non-conference home victory over Prairie City-Monroe Tuesday night.
“This was a great win back in the friendly confines of Trojan Gymnasium,” said Fairfield multi-sport skipper Mick Flattery. The Trojans started slow offensively with Flattery calling a timeout with 4:39 left in the opening quarter and PCM leading 6-0.
Senior Austin Simpson powered home back-to-back layups followed by classmate Carson Crile’s 3-pointer just 1:20 later to cut the deficit to 7-9 with Simpson hitting a jumper just inside the perimeter with 2:31 on the clock to give the home team it’s first tie since tipoff.
The game remained close throughout the first half and the Trojans trailed 28-27 at the half.
“We played great defense and we did a great job fouling out their second leading scorer in the third quarter,” explained Flattery.
He’s referring to No. 33 senior Andrew Van Ryswyk who collected his fifth foul in the opening minutes of the second half after scoring 11 points on 5-6 shooting and grabbing five rebounds and a steal.
The Trojans utilized his absence and took a 48-42 lead into the final period of play with Simpson piling up the points in the paint.
Fairfield out tallied the Mustangs offense in the fourth quarter 15-10 for the 11-point victory with rival Mt. Pleasant up next.
Austin Simpson 20 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks; Carson Crile 13 points and 11 rebounds; Tristin Waugh 12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two charges drawn; Cole Engle 12 points, five assists and four rebounds; Collin Breen four points, five assists, three rebounds; Drew Martin two points and three rebounds.
The 7-2 Trojans are 4-0 in SEC play as they begin their quest for just their second conference title since 1987 when they travel to Mt. Pleasant Friday.