FAIRFIELD — There were eight lead changes, six ties, a buzzer-beater and a fork in it.
In the opening round of the Falcon Holiday Classic, the Fairfield High boys basketball team advanced to the second round as it defeated West High of Tracy 77-67, Friday.
The Falcons (10-2) had similar numbers to the Wolfpack (8-2) as both shot about 50 percent from the floor and both had at least 30 rebounds (Fairfield 32, West 30).
“In spurts, we were able to take the ball from them and get out in transition,” Falcons coach Eddie Wilson said.
Fairfield only committed 14 turnovers and caused the Wolfpack to turn the ball over 22 times.
“I don’t feel like we competed like we should have,” said Wilson. “We missed a ton of easy ones and failed to execute offensively.”
Fairfield shot 50 percent (34 of 67) and at one point in the fourth quarter, the Falcons missed nine consecutive shots.
“Javon Adams and Unree Johnson, I thought their effort was heroic,” said Wilson. “Javon carried us from an effort prospective.”
Adams’ heroics came in the second period when he scored 11 of the team’s 23 points. In a 1-minute span, Adams scored seven points — one a 3-pointer – that gave Fairfield a 41-39 lead with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the half.
After a Wolfpack layup and the Falcons’ Anthony Rose sending Alvin Crenshaw to the line, the Wolfpack were up by one with 20 seconds left in the half.
Fairfield’s’ John Jones made only two baskets in the game. His first, though, made the crowd erupt as he put Fairfield up 44-42 by sinking a baseline 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the half.
In the third, there was one tie and three lead changes, none more important than Demoriaye Hart-Spikes’ basket with 2:55 left that put the Falcons in the lead for good.
West got within three points in the third after Fairfield went on a three-minute scoring drought when it missed six straight buckets. In four minutes, the Falcons only managed to score three points.
After a Wolfpack timeout with 52 seconds to play, they turned the ball over and Fairfield’s Sean Gray sank a 3-pointer, giving the Falcons a six-point cushion.
West fouled to get back in the game, but a tricky inbound play to Anthony Bryant led to an easy layup and Fairfield was up 75-67.
As if the game was not wrapped up already, the Wolfpack turned the ball over again, and Adams’ heroics ended on a dunk, bringing the crowd to its feet, sealing the game.
Within 30 seconds, the Falcons’ lead grew from three points to 10.
Adams led the Falcons with 21 points, while Hart-Spikes had 18.
Armijo High held off Kennedy of Sacramento, winning 66-60 in its first-round game.
The Indians (2-8) were down at the half 32-28 and inched their way within one by the end of the third at 43-42.
It was the fourth period where the Cougars struggles to score, the Indians outscored them 24-17.
Armijo was led by Tyree Carrie, who had 30 points, while Bryce Lumpkins had nine.
Vanden High fell to San Marcos of San Diego,70-52 in the last game of the night.
The Vikings (4-5) were down by seven in the first quarter and were never able to catch up.
“It was hard going in blind against them,” Vanden coach Micheal Holloway said. “They had more than capable shooters and that bothered us.”
Thomas Avent led Vanden with 13 points, while DeMare Walker had 12 and Jihad Woods had 10.
The Vikings play Kennedy in the consolation bracket, Saturday, at 4:40 p.m.
The Falcons play Oak Ridge in the second round, at 7:30 p.m. and the Indians will play San Marcos at 6 p.m.