Fort Madison, Danville defeat Fairfield boys' basketball team
One team is ranked ninth in the state.
The other team has lost three games the last three seasons. Both of these teams came to Fairfield this weekend, and to make matters worse for the Trojan boys’ basketball team, both of these teams shot exceptionally well.
Fort Madison, who’s ranked ninth in 3A, came to Fairfield and won 68-46 Friday. The Bloodhounds shot 43 percent from the field. Playoff contender Danville beat Fairfield 71-47 while shooting 55 percent from the field, a feat that rarely occurs.
The Bloodhounds jumped out to an early lead, taking a 12-point advantage into the second quarter. Fort Madison was able to keep a steady lead for the rest of the game. Miles Wentzien was a force on each end of the court, scoring 19 points and securing 10 rebounds to lead his squad.
“They’re a very disciplined and fundamental team,” Fairfield coach Tyler Miklo said. “We had some silly turnovers early. Against a team as capable as they are, we can’t do those things and expect to be competitive.”
Federico Ferretti scored 19 points to lead the team. Matt Carr was Fairfield’s other offensive threat, registering 15 points. Vince Horras and Cameron Baumann both got five rebounds.
The next night, Danville picked up where Fort Madison left off. The Bears played tight defense, and on the offensive end they distributed the ball quickly to find open shots. Hunter Peebler was 6-6 from the three-point line and 9-11 from the field overall. Peebler’s 24 points led the Bears. Teammate Connor Hoelzen knocked down 21.
“We gave them clean looks to get them going, so then when things got tougher, they had the confidence to knock those shots down,” Miklo said. “We knew the guys we needed to cover and we didn’t do a very good job of it.”
Carr and Ferretti were the two leading scorers again, with 11 and 13 points respectively. Ferretti led Fairfield with seven assists. Landon Gamrath and Jordan Reid both scored six points, while Horras chipped in five points and five rebounds.
The Trojans (5-5, 1-3 SEC) play Tuesday at Eddyville-Blakesburg. Miklo thinks his team is the same caliber as Fort Madison and Danville, all they need to do is step up and show it.
“We give a lot of credit to those guys, but we think we’re at the same level as those teams,” Miklo said. “We didn’t show it this weekend, but we’re not going to hang our heads about it. We’re going to come back to work Monday and get ready for Eddyville.”
The trip to Eddyville-Blakesburg is the beginning of a three game road trip for Fairfield. After that, the Trojans finish the season with seven of their last eight games at home.