Trey-ific: Trojan boys hit eight 3s in 60-44 win
CHARITON — For the first time all season long, the Fairfield boys got to celebrate a win on a court other than their own.
And a big one it was.
The Trojans used the right mix of close-range 2s and open treys to pick up their first road win of the season, thrashing 14-win Chariton 60-44 in their second-to-last away game Tuesday.
The win was the fourth of the season for the Trojans (4-15, 1-6 Southeast Conference), and it snapped a seven-game losing streak in the process. Chariton, meanwhile, is 14-6 overall with one game remaining.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time for head coach Tyler Miklo and his Trojans.
“Our guys are getting pretty tired of moral victories. Just to come out and play solid was big, and we definitely felt like we’ve been trending that way over the last week. It’s just fun to come out and get one,” the third-year man said.
Junior center Vince Horras had the best offensive performance of his young varsity career, scoring 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting to lead Fairfield. Horras also finished with three blocked shots for good measure.
“Vince looked really good today. He was able to finish around the basket, and if we’re going to continue to have success, we need more of that from him,” said Miklo.
The Trojans had no trouble finding open looks outside of the paint, either, and ended up 8 of 18 from beyond the 3-point arc. They shot 25-for-53 from the field overall.
Junior Joe Hietpas hit three of those treys and finished with nine points, junior Matt Carr scored 12 points off two 3s and senior Darrin Dimmitt had 10 points off another two treys. Freshman Jordan Reid also hit one 3.
The impressive win was not only thanks to a solid night from 3-point land, but also due to a hard-fought effort on the court’s other end.
After falling behind 15-10 following the first, the Trojans held Chariton to just four points in the second period to grab a 25-19 halftime lead. Fairfield never looked back in the second half and out-scored the home team 35-25 the rest of the game.
“This was a game where our depth showed. Chariton made some tough shots in the first quarter, but I thought our defensive effort was strong all night,” said Miklo. “As [Chariton] got tired, they weren’t hitting those shots in the later quarters.”
Led by six assists apiece from Dimmitt and Hietpas, the Trojans also tallied a season-high 19 assists as a team.
Senior Spencer Peterman finished a basket shy of a double-double with eight points and 12 boards. He also supplied four of the team’s 19 assists. Senior Kyle Weirup tallied two steals and junior Jordan Whitney finished with two assists. Senior Jacob Greiner scored two points.
“We played well and played hard. Really, we shot the ball well for three games in a row now,” Miklo added.
The Trojans close the regular season with a home game vs. Fort Madison on Friday, followed by a non-conference matchup at Ottumwa next Tuesday.
“We’re excited to be playing our best basketball at this time,” Miklo said. “Being a tough out for anybody is going to be our goal.”
Fairfield @ Chariton
FAIRFIELD — 10 15 16 19 — 60
CHARITON — 15 4 11 14 — 44
FAIRFIELD — Horras 8 0-1 16, Carr 4 2-2 12, Dimmitt 4 0-0 10, Hietpas 3 0-0 9, Peterman 4 0-1 8, Reid 1 0-0 3, Greiner 1 0-0 2, Totals 25 2-4 60.
3-point goals — Hietpas 3, Carr 2, Dimmitt 2, Reid. Rebounds — Peterman 12, Horras 4, Carr 3. Assists — Dimmitt 6, Hietpas 6, Peterman 4, Whitney 2, Weirup. Steals — Weirup 2. Blocks — Horras 3, Peterman.