Trojans bounce back with road winFairfield uses hot start to earn victory
A slow start would not plague the Fairfield boys’ basketball team Tuesday in Eddyville.
After being outscored 38-11 in the first quarter of the last two games, the Trojans flipped the script, outscoring Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 16-7 in the initial quarter. This strong start led to a 40-16 halftime lead and a 79-40 victory for Fairfield.
“The guys came out and played with intensity and focus from the beginning, which is definitely an improvement for us in that area,” Fairfield coach Tyler Miklo said. “I thought every guy that stepped on the court for us did some good things, which is really nice to see.”
Fairfield (6-5) stayed out of foul trouble, which kept its starters on the court. Senior center Landon Gamrath, who led the Trojans with 16 points, was not called for a foul. None of the starters committed more than two.
The 6-foot-9-inch Gamrath created mismatches for the Rockets (2-8), who don’t possess anyone taller than 6-foot-5-inches. Fellow big man Vince Horras also had success, scoring eight points and securing five rebounds.
“We were able to use our size to our advantage early and then open it up for some good looks on the perimeter,” Miklo said.
Junior point guard Federico Ferretti scored 15 points, got four steals, dished out three assists and brought in seven rebounds. Matt Carr scored 13 points. Jordan Reid and Cameron Baumann came off the bench to score nine and eight points, respectively.
Miklo was able to get playing time for his bench players because of the lopsided score. In all, 13 players entered the game, while 11 different Trojans scored a point.
Fairfield has won the last three matchups with the Rockets by a total of 188-119. Now the Trojans must turn their attention to Mt. Pleasant, who they beat earlier in the season in thrilling fashion at Fairfield High School. This matchup will be on the Panthers’ home court.
“It will be important for us to carry some of the positive things we did last night with us to Mt. Pleasant on Friday,” Miklo said.