Fairfield boys drop home finale Friday
Fairfield failed to replicate the great defensive play that earned it a win earlier in the week vs. Chariton, and the Trojans dropped their home finale to Fort Madison 64-53 on Friday.
“Defensively we weren’t the team that’s been playing the last couple of weeks. We didn’t guard the way we were capable of guarding, and it’s pretty obvious we need to be more disciplined defensively to beat quality teams like Fort Madison,” Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo said.
The Trojans (4-16) never led in the contest, and although they trailed by just four points at halftime, 23-19, they allowed 41 in the second half.
Fort Madison (12-7), who was without its leading scorer Miles Wentzien, still managed to stay on top thanks to solid days from seniors Marcus Knipe and John Nagel. The duo combined to score more than half the team’s points (37), and Miklo said the Trojans didn’t adapt well to Fort Madison’s new starting lineup.
“Our game plan was about stopping [Wentzien], and when things change sometimes we don’t adapt very well. Inexperienced teams will do that,” the head coach said.
Fort Madison jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Fairfield’s Vince Horras completed a 3-point play from the foul line, narrowing the deficit to three. The Bloodhounds upped their lead to 11-4 in the quarter, but Matt Carr nailed a trey to enter the second quarter down 11-7.
The Southeast Conference foes traded buckets at the start of the second quarter, and two straight makes by Fairfield senior Kyle Weirup cut the deficit to 18-17 before Fort Madison pulled away once again. Fairfield trailed 23-19 at halftime, and the deficit only ballooned as Fort Madison out-scored the Trojans 21-11 in the third.
Senior Spencer Peterman led the Trojans offensively with 12 points, and he also totaled six rebounds and three steals. Fellow senior Darrin Dimmitt scored 10, and junior Horras supplied nine points.
Fairfield’s Matt Carr finished with eight points, while Joe Hietpas and Jordan Reid scored four each. Weirup contributed four points and two steals.
“We’re not going to let this game slow the momentum we’ve been building the last week. We’re going to come back Monday with good attitudes and work hard to get ready for Ottumwa,” added Miklo.
The Trojans conclude the regular season Tuesday at Ottumwa.