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Falcons soar past Apaches on 3-point attack

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From page B1 | January 23, 2013 |

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Vallejo's Wayne Claibourn-Stroughter goes up for a shot and is blocked by Fairfield's Maurice Trotter during the basketball game Tuesday at Fairfield. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

FAIRFIELD — Things continue to look up for the Fairfield High boys basketball team.

With a second straight strong shooting performance, the Falcons (10-11, 3-1) topped visiting Vallejo 69-58 in Solano County Athletic Conference play at Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, Tuesday.

The victory came on the back of 10 3-pointers by the Falcons, who put up seven treys in last Thursday’s home win over Bethel.

“We definitely hit the long ball tonight,” said Fairfield coach Tony Bryant. “I thought we did well shooting the basketball tonight.”

It’s the second good shooting night in a row for the Falcons. They shot 50 percent from the floor in the Bethel game.

“We’re making the extra pass and passing to guys when they’re actually open,” Bryant said. “We’ve been finding a good rhythm.”

Tuesday’s game also featured the long-anticipated return of Fairfield post Maurice Trotter, who has been sidelined with an injury all season.

He finished with four points, but Bryant said his presence was invaluable.

“He looked beautiful out there,” Bryant said. “Just to get him out there running around and competing was good. We’ll see what he can do, but I’m just excited to have him out there.”

Trotter was a big presence on last season’s playoff team, and Bryant said having him back adds more depth to the Falcons.

“He’s really worked hard to put himself in a position of leadership on this team,” the coach said. “He’s got to get used to playing at this speed. . . . But I think that will come quickly.”

The Falcons jumped to an early lead, taking a 15-7 advantage after one quarter, and they held on from there, weathering a fourth-quarter surge from the Apaches.

“It definitely helps when you get that early lead,” Bryant said, crediting Vallejo for staying in the game. “It didn’t feel like we were ever able pull away like we’d like to.”

John Jones led the Fairfield 3-point attack, sinking five from beyond the arc and finishing with 19 points.

DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes led all scorers with 23 points, including a pair of treys.

Sean Gray added 10 points with two 3-pointers and Javon Adams also scored 10.

Fairfield also won the junior varsity contest, edging Vallejo 69-68.

The Falcons travel across town to face Vanden on Thursday.

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