FAIRFIELD — A 13-point second-half deficit seems to be no problem for the Fairfield High boys basketball team theses days.
Trailing host Vanden 46-33 with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter on Thursday night, the Falcons rallied on the strength of their perimeter shooting for a 70-67 Solano County Athletic Conference victory at Jim Boyd Gym.
Raimauri Barron hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Fairfield (12-10, 4-1 SCAC) to get his team within 50-46 with 54 seconds left in the third.
From there it was all Falcons.
The Vikings (13-9, 2-3 SCAC) turned the ball over 10 times in the final eight minutes of play and Fairfield put up a 24-15 fourth quarter to secure the win.
“That was an awesome comeback,” said Fairfield coach Tony Bryant. “I’ve got to praise Raimauri Barron for how he played. He came to play hard and made it hard for some guys. That got us back in the game.”
Where Barron ignited the comeback for the Falcons, DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes fueled it with 11 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Consecutive layups by Hart-Spikes got the Falcons their first lead since the first quarter at 63-60 with 2 minutes, 12 seconds left in the game.
Vanden’s Jordan Collier tied it with a 3-pointer, but that was as close as the Vikings came to another lead.
Anthony Bryant was fouled on the floor and sank the first of two free throws to give Fairfield a 64-63 lead that it never relinquished.
A Bryant layup and four straight free throws from Hart-Spikes put Fairfield up 70-65 before Vanden’s Brandon Davis hit a pair of foul shots with 11.9 seconds left to get within three.
The Vikings had a chance to tie the game, but Falcons guard Sean Gray came up with a steal at the 2-second mark to put it away.
Vanden coach Micheal Holloway said internal strife made it difficult for his team to enjoy being up big in the second half.
“You have to be excited when you’re up 13. Our bench wasn’t excited and that’s when their run happened,” Holloway said. “They got their bench excited being down 13. So that really just hung them around and DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes is just a beast.”
After trailing early, Vanden took over the game late in the first, tying it at 12-12 on a Collier putback and taking the lead on a Jihad Woods fast-break layup
John Jones was the only other Falcon to score in double figures with 10, while Anthony Bryant and Barron each had nine.
Collier led the Vikings with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Woods added 10 for the Vikings.
“This was a great statement for us and it’s something we could definitely build on,” Bryant said. “I give Vanden a lot of credit because they play so hard. They played so well, they made us struggle for a nice stretch of that game.”
Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.