Fairfield boys go cold in 58-38 loss to Regina
Trojans vs. Cancer night provided an uplifting atmosphere at Fairfield High School Thursday night, but head coach Tyler Miklo saw little that was uplifting about his Trojans’ 58-38 loss to Iowa City Regina.
“There’s no magic to it. We’re not a team that’s good enough to get away with not giving our maximum effort all the time, and I felt there were times where we weren’t giving our maximum effort tonight,” Miklo said following the game.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Fairfield boys and dropped them to 3-12 overall. Fairfield remains 1-4 in the Southeast Conference.
Once again Thursday, Miklo was disappointed his team failed to put together four quarters of hard play. Fairfield played right with Regina for three quarters but struggled to finish in the fourth, as Regina ran away with a 22-point quarter.
“That’s a team we should compete with, and that’s a team we feel we should beat,” said Miklo. “To come out and play a second half like that when you feel you should be in the game is disappointing.”
Johnny Ries opened the game with six straight points as Regina took a 6-2 advantage. The Trojans tied the game up on back-to-back buckets by Spencer Peterman and a layup by Landon Gamrath, but the visitors closed the quarter on a 7-1 run.
In the second period, the Trojans slowly clawed back within three points, with Vince Horras and Peterman scoring field goals in the quarter’s final two minutes.Peterman then had six of his team-high 14 points in the third quarter to keep Fairfield within striking distance, though it trailed 36-30 headed into the final period.
“Peterman is the one kid right now who’s showing mentally when things get physical he can handle that, but our other guys have to follow that example,” Miklo said. “I give him all the credit in the world. He’s battling, and he hasn’t given up.”
Still, Peterman’s effort was all for naught as Regina’s Kenyon Browning scored 17 of his game-high 18 points in the second half. Behind Browning, Regina went on a 13-3 run to open the final period and put the game away for good.
Nothing hurt the Trojans worse in the second half than missed opportunities.
“We were getting a lot of the same looks as the first half, we just didn’t finish. That’s our lack of focus. Mental mistakes continue to haunt us,” said Miklo. “They continued to attack and put a lot of pressure on us and we didn’t handle it as well.”
Fairfield’s Gamrath, a junior, scored eight points in addition to five boards. Horras provided five points and two assists, and Matt Carr scored four points and hit the Trojans’ only trey. Joe Hietpas, Kyle Weirup and Darrin Dimmitt scored two points each, and Jordan Whitney handed out two assists.
The Trojans shot a sub-par 17 of 57 from the field in the physical contest, going just 1-for-13 on 3-point attempts.
“We talked a lot about our guys needing to hold each other accountable. When things get tough — and it was a physical game — we’ve got to be able to handle that better than what we have,” Miklo added.
The Trojans have a makeup game with Keokuk on Monday, then face the Chiefs again on Friday.
Fairfield vs. Iowa City Regina
REGINA — 13 10 13 22 — 58
FAIRFIELD — 7 13 10 8 — 38
FAIRFIELD — Peterman 7 0-1 14, Gamrath 4 0-0 8, Horras 2 1-2 5, Carr 1 1-2 4, Dimmitt 1 0-0 2, Hietpas 1 0-0 2, Weirup 1 0-0 2, Reid 0 1-2 1, Totals 17 3-7 38
3-point goals — Carr. Rebounds — Peterman 7, Gamrath 5, Dimmitt 4, Hietpas 4, Horras 4. Assists — Whitney 2, Horras 2, Reid 2. Steals — Peterman 1, Gamrath 1. Blocks — Gamrath 2, Horras 2, Peterman 1.