It was a couple of completely different basketball games for the Fairfield boys team last week.
Thursday a nip-and-tuck, back-and-forth battle with nonconference foe Knoxville ended in a 61-59 defeat on the Trojans home floor. Saturday a 50-42 road victory over Southeast Conference rival Keokuk (12-9 overall, 4-6 SEC) was much easier with a 20-13 halftime lead and a 36-21 lead to start the fourth quarter.
The Trojans (6-12, 3-7) were 18-of-23 on free throws against Keokuk with JJ Lane 9-of-10 and Max Weaton 6-of-6. Both finished with 18 points. Weaton added 10 rebounds and Evan Haines eight.
“This was a terrific win on the road,” Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery said. “Our free throw shooting was great. Poise and Composure was needed by the guys.”
The win took Keokuk out of third place with Mt. Pleasant.
“What a great way to go into the tournament,” Flattery said.
The Trojans open the postseason at Davenport Assumption tonight.
Against Knoxville (13-7), the Trojans led at the end of each quarter: 18-17, 37-33 and 50-42. Knoxville’s 19-9 edge was the difference in the fourth quarter.
Weaton had 25 points and 12 rebounds Thursday with three assists. He was 9-for-15 shooting and 6-for-7 on free throws. Blake Holden hit 4-of-8 3-pointers for his 12 points. Haines had 10 rebounds. Tate Allen had six assists.