Fairland outpaces the Pointers, 70-46
SOUTH POINT -- Fairland had early foul trouble, an off-night from its leading scorer and couldn't find a groove at the free throw line, but still managed to handle South Point on the road, 70-46, Tuesday night.
Dragons starters Nathan Campbell, Kyle Raines and Luke Phillips all had two fouls before the end of the first quarter, and some of the team's role players had to step up as coach Nathan Speed went 10-deep during the game.
"(Thayer) Flynn came in and played great for us, (Jacob) Warner gave us some big minutes, Dionte Braye, they were all into it," Speed said. "Our bench came in and played just amazing. They kept up the intensity and kept us going tonight."
Evan Maddox, Fairland's leading scorer on the young season, started off hot with seven points in the first quarter, but was held scoreless by the Pointers in the second and third quarters, during which he air-balled three 3-point attempts. He had eight points, mostly on breakaway layups, in the fourth quarter to finish with 15.
Campbell and Raines had 13 each, and both were able to get easy looks underneath in the third quarter, when the Dragons outscored South Point 16-6 to build a 20-point lead.
South Point wasn't able to capitalize at the line, and had foul trouble of its own, as point guard Payne Meadows fouled out with 10 points, while Austin Majher racked up four personals while scoring only one point.
Many of the fouls against the Pointers were called on the offensive end as players sought separation to get their shots away.
"I feel like our defense was very good tonight, and the way it should be, we need to be consistent with that," Speed said. "We knew they were good shooters, and they're a very talented team. I was proud of our guys tonight with their defensive effort."
South Point was led by Brandon Barnes, who had four 3-pointers on a 17-point night.
The Dragons were able to keep prolific scorer John Johnson in check, as he finished with nine points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
"Barnes is just an amazing player, so you always have to focus on him," Speed said. "But they also have Johnson and Meadows that can score and create their own shot, so I was happy with the way our kids contained them."
FAIRLAND 24 12 16 18 -- 70: Maddox 15, Raines 13, Campbell 13, Flynn 8, Short 7, Phillips 4, Midkiff 6, Baye 2, Beaty 2.
SOUTH POINT 15 10 6 16 -- 46: Barnes 17, Meadows 10, Johnson 9, Adams 5, Boggs 3, Majher 1, Kratzenberg 1.