The Fairfield boys’ basketball team improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in Southeast Conference play with a 61-57 road win at Fort Madison Friday night.
The Trojans jumped out to 14-7 lead after eight minutes and clung to a 28-26 advantage at the break. The Bloodhounds managed to steal the lead at the end of the third period as they used a 15-12 scoring edge in the quarter to hold a 41-40 lead. Fairfield refused to accept the opposite of an ugly win and outscored Fort Madison 21-16 for the four-point victory.
“Ugly win for the guys, but beats the alternative!” head coach Mick Flattery simply explained. “Ft Madison played really well and we made the plays when we had to. Cole Engle had two big free throws, Carson Crile had two big 3-pointers, Austin Simpson’s tip in, key free throws by Tristin and suffocating one-on-one defense by Drew Martin at the end.”
The win also makes the 6-2 Trojans 2-2 on the road with their only losses at formerly No. 1 Oskaloosa who just lost to Fairfield’s other defeat, Pella.
“It’s never easy winning at Fort Madison,” added Flattery. “We are happy about the win, but know we have a lot of things to work on. We were out rebounded 43-22, but had 19 team assists and only 9 turnovers.
Tristin Waugh 15 points on 6-8 shooting with six rebounds and three assists; Carson Crile 14 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three blocks; Austin Simpson 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks; Cole Engle nine points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks; Drew Martin eight points four rebounds; Collin Breen five points, four rebounds and four assists.
Tuesday at home versus 6-3 Prairie City-Monroe Mustangs