Trojans warm up for season with scrimmages
The Fairfield boys’ basketball team competed in a couple of scrimmages recently, one of which was a route in the Trojans favor and one of which ended in a tie.
On Monday night, the Trojans participated in Pekin High School’s jamboree in which they were matched up against the hosts. Jamboree scrimmages last only two quarters instead of four. After 16 minutes, the teams were knotted at 21-21.
On Saturday, Fairfield hosted the Iowa Hall of Pride Challenge, a scrimmage tied to a charitable event. The Trojans welcomed the Hawks of Central Lee to town, and treated their guests to a 59-38 drubbing.
TROJANS 21, PANTHERS 21
Fairfield struggled mightily to put the ball through the hoop, but what kept the Trojans in the game was their superior play on the glass. Pekin actually out-shot Fairfield on field goals 35 percent to 22 percent, but the Trojans made up for it by taking nine more shots.
The Trojans absolutely hammered the Panthers on the glass as they collected 29 rebounds, including 14 on offensive, to the Panthers’ 17. The Trojans focused on taking shots near the basket as they only attempted four three-pointers, making one of them. The Panthers did not rely on the three-ball either as they went 1-6. Fairfield went 6-11 at the free-throw line while Pekin went 4-9.
One area where Fairfield excelled was finding the open man. The team had five assists on seven made baskets. Pekin had no assists.
Carson Crile proved during his freshman campaign he would be a force in the Southeast Conference for years to come. He showed fans why again on Tuesday as he did it all for Tyler Miklo’s Trojans. He led the team in scoring with 12 points on 4-9 shooting and 4-7 free throws. He also shouldered the rebounding load as he picked up 10 on the night, including nine on offense.
James Lyman put together a solid line as he went 2-3 from the field, including making his only three-point shot, to finish with five points. He also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal. Dante Cingire scored two points on two free throws while picking up three rebounds, three assists and a team-high four steals. Kyle Roberts had the other bucket for Fairfield to go with his four rebounds and one steal.
TROJANS 59, CENTRAL LEE 38
The story of this scrimmage was the Trojans’ suffocating defense against the Hawks. Central Lee managed a field goal percentage of just 18 compared to the Trojans’ 35.
Not only did Central Lee struggle to put the ball through the hoop, it struggled to advance it down the court. Fairfield’s defense forced 20 turnovers including 11 steals. The Trojans committed 13 turnovers of their own and only allowed one steal.
The Trojans really excelled in scoring at the rimming, racking up 26 points in the paint to Central Lee’s eight. They were also rewarded for their persistence in going inside by being awarded 39 free throws, of which they made 23 (59 percent). Central Lee was 19-28 (68 percent) at the charity stripe.
Crile led the way for Fairfield with 17 points on 5-10 shooting, including a 7-13 performance at the free-throw line. He also led the team in rebounds with 18. Collin Breen was the other Trojan in double figures with 10. He went 3-12 from the floor, 1-5 from beyond the arc and 3-5 in free throws. Breen also dished out five assists.
Lyman and Cingire each contributed eight points. Lyman was 3-8 with four deflections and one steal. Cingire had five deflections and three steals. Roberts scored five points. Cooper Drish had five as well and contributed eight rebounds. Cole Engle scored four and Aaron Haines scored two.