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Slow start hurts Trojans in 62-45 loss

Jan 16, 2013

CENTERVILLE — It took an entire half for the Fairfield boys’ basketball team to get going Tuesday in Centerville, and by then it was too late.

The Trojans fell behind 19-9 after eight minutes of play and scored just six more points in the second quarter, dropping a non-conference game to Class 3A eighth-ranked Centerville 62-45.

“We came out flat, and we need to be better than that. Playing two nights in a row is no excuse,” Fairfield head coach Tyler Miklo said. “It’s frustrating to be playing our best stretch of the year and then come out flat like we did tonight.”

The Achilles’ heel for Fairfield was, once again, turnovers. The Trojans committed 22 of them overall as Centerville nabbed 12 steals.

Although Fairfield dug itself a sizable hole early, it chipped away at the deficit several times in the second half and even outscored Centerville by three points over the final 16-minute stretch.

Trailing 35-15 at halftime, the Trojans more than doubled their point total in the third period and cut Centerville’s lead to 48-32 at the start of the fourth quarter. Fairfield netted 13 more points in the final period, but Centerville answered with 14 points of its own.

Miklo said he was pleased with the way his team played in the second half, but he also stressed they needed to get back to playing hard all four quarters.

“We didn’t go away, and we didn’t fold. With a team as good as they are, we could’ve folded, but we kept working to make it a game,” said Miklo.

The Trojans were led on offense by junior Matt Carr’s 15 points and three treys, and they received seven points apiece from senior Spencer Peterman and junior Vince Horras.

Senior Darrin Dimmitt finished with five points and two steals, junior Landon Gamrath scored four points with two blocks, and freshman Jordan Reid had three points and three assists. Joe Hietpas and Jake Greiner rounded out the scoring with two points each.

Centerville’s Payton Busch scored a game-high 19 points, and Garret Faris added 12 for the Big Reds, who have won 10 straight games after dropping their season opener to Fort Madison.

Fairfield (3-9, 1-3 Southeast Conference) goes right back to work with a trip to Williamsburg Thursday.

 

Fairfield @ Centerville

FAIRFIELD — 9 6 17 13 — 45

C’VILLE — 19 16 13 14 — 62

 

FAIRFIELD — Carr 4 4-5 15, Horras 2 3-3 7, Peterman 3 1-2 7, Dimmitt 1 2-4 5, Gamrath 2 0-0 4, Reid 1 0-0 3, Hietpas 1 0-0 2, Greiner 1 0-0 2, Whitney 0 0-0 0, Weirup 0 0-0 0, Deao 0 0-0 0, Drish 0 0-0 0, Totals 15 10-14 45

3-point goals — Carr 3, Dimmitt 1, Reid 1. Rebounds — Peterman 7, Dimmitt 6, Carr 4, Gamrath 3. Assists — Reid 3, Dimmitt 2, Weirup 1, Hietpas 1, Horras 1. Steals — Dimmitt 2, Peterman 1, Reid 1, Greiner 1. Blocks — Gamrath 2, Peterman 1.

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