DAVENPORT — The Fairfield boys basketball team didn’t back down against the top seed in the substate on Monday night, sticking with Davenport Assumption in the first half, but the Knights had too much for the Trojans, ending their season 70-45.
Despite having to play without leading scorer Drew Martin, who sat with injury, and having to sustain an early Assumption run, the Trojans were right in the thick of it throughout the first two quarters. Nathan Whitney knocked down a couple of 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Trojans trailed by just four points, at 19-15, at the first quarter buzzer.
Fairfield was down by just six in the final seconds of the first half, but an Assumption 3-pointer at the buzzer helped the Knights take a 33-24 lead into halftime.
The Knights began to put the game away in the third quarter. Leading scorer Sean Peeters, who averages over 22 points-per-game had an incredible 35 points through three quarters, and Assumption led 60-35 into the final period.
The Trojans played the Knights even in the fourth quarter, but could never put together enough of a second-half run to threaten the substate favorites.
“Having our leading scorer and probably the MVP of our team out does not help, but man it’s a credit to our guys,” Trojan head coach Mick Flattery said. “All year long they worked hard. They punched them right in the mouth, and that’s what we talked about all weekend. You’ve got to take their punches and answer.”
Whitney ended the game with a team-leading 10 points. J.J. Lane scored eight .Elan Ledger had seven. Maxwell Wheaton scored six. Isaac Harris and Ethan Haines scored five points apiece and Carter Ferrel scored four.
Assumption moves on to host Mt. Pleasant in the substate semifinal on Thursday night. Fairfield ends the year with a 2-20 record, but what Coach Flattery says is a learning experience for his young team.
“Somebody told me this weekend, ‘I bet you wish it was over,’” Flattery said. “Not in the least. We have a lot of young guys. Our seniors did a terrific job of leading these young kids. We’ve got a heck of a future in front of us, so let’s get started.”