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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 18, 2014

Trojans hold on for impressive win

Matt Baker’s 36 points not enough for Blue Demons
By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Dec 11, 2013
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo Fairfield’s Matt Carr (4) jumps between two defenders during a shot attempt. Carr finished with 12 points and made two key three-point shots in the second half.

Friday it was Matt Carr, and Tuesday it was Jordan Whitney.

The charge drill paid dividends again for Fairfield in its 58-56 win over Albia. Carr’s defensive effort was key in the Trojans win Friday over Mount Pleasant, and Whitney’s play was just as vital. Whitney stepped in and drew an offensive foul on a Blue Demons’ drive to the hoop that would have taken the lead for Albia with under 20 seconds to go in the game. After a couple of made free throws by Carr and Federico Ferretti, the Trojans had a 3-0 start to the season.

“Jordan is the ultimate team player,” Fairfield coach Tyler Miklo said. “He’s going to make those types of plays. He makes plays the team needs, and because of that he’s indispensible.”

Landon Gamrath began the game by taking, what do you know, a charge. The game started slow, with only five combined points scored through five minutes. Ferretti scored on a coast-to-coast lay up to close the first quarter and give the Trojans an 11-7 lead. Albia coach Kevin Archer was screaming for his players to get back on defense during the play, but Ferretti found a way to cut through anyway.

Gamrath would put in two baskets to start the second quarter. He finished with 15 points, which was second only to Ferretti’s 18.

Albia’s Matt Baker began his torrid scoring run in the second quarter. Baker was clearly Albia’s biggest offensive weapon. He finished with 36 points, and 10 of those points came in the fourth quarter.

Albia (2-1) took the lead in the final period, but the Trojans quickly salted it away. Whitney made two free throws, which was followed by a three-pointer from Jordan Reid and another bucket from Ferretti to give the Trojans a one point lead with under two minutes to go.

As for the 3-0 start, Miklo is proud of the way his players battled.

“We have a long way to go, but it’s easier to come back to work when you’re putting wins on the board,” Miklo said.

Carr may have described the team’s overall feelings the best.

“Basketball is fun, but it’s not much fun when you’re losing.”

Therefore, basketball must be pretty fun right now. Fairfield travels Friday to Southeast Conference foe Washington before hosting Pella on Saturday.

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