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Trojans now 3-1 in SEC after Friday’s victory

By Justin Webster | Jan 08, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Senior Dante Cingire lays in two of his game high 21 points as the Trojans defeated Fort Madison 58-39 to improve to 3-1 in SEC play.

Fairfield boys’ basketball coach Mick Flattery has been trying to get his team to start fast and maintain early leads, and that’s exactly what the Trojans did Friday night at home against Fort Madison in a 58-39 conference win.

“Defensively, I thought our guys were focused on the scouting report, player tendencies and offensive sets,” said Flattery. “Our communication and rotations were also very solid on defense. Our scouting team prepped us very well.”

Fairfield led 10-2 after an easy Dante Cingire layup forced the Hounds to stop the clock and recover just 4:59 into the first quarter. Cingere had a game high 21 points on just 4-6 shooting from the field and Coach Flattery had nothing but praise for the lone senior contributor.

“Probably Dante’s best varsity game. 21 points and seven deflections plus his 11-12 shooting from the foul line was very impressive. He ran the team very well and played great defense against their point guard.”

The Trojans led 15-4 after the conclusion of one quarter.

Tristin Waugh started the scoring in the second and Fairfield never let up, outscoring Fort Madison 18-7 in the second. Junior center Austin Simpson suffered an apparent injury on the lower half of his right leg, allowing the Hounds to find some space down low, while winning the third quarter 14-8.

Flattery was pleased with his team’s response.

“When Austin went down, our guys rallied and I thought our bench came in and played well.” He added. “We shot free throws very well, 20-27, and we have been focusing on limiting turnovers after giving up 24 Tuesday. We only had nine Friday, which was another point of emphasis that was good to see.”

Cingire wasn’t the only Trojan with a big game. Waugh held their 18-points-per-game top scorer to zero first half points, and finished his offensive stat line with 14 points and three assists while grabbing six rebounds as well.

Collin Breen, who has a natual ability to finish at the rim, added seven points and held the Hounds second leading scorer to just nine points. Simpson returned and had five points, but played just 14 minutes due to his absence addressing his lower leg.

Fairfield is now 3-1 in SEC play and 4-5 overall with a trip to 8-1 PCM scheduled to follow the girls’ game Tuesday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Monroe.

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