FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but a win is a win.
The Fairfield High boys basketball team overcame a slow start and ran away to a 67-45 nonleague win over Armijo on Ed Hopkins Court at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Friday night.
The Falcons forced Armijo into 28 turnovers, many resulting in easy points, and some ending up in missed layups, something that was a cause for concern for coach Eddie Wilson.
“I thought we were able to take advantage of their ball handling,” Wilson said. “We put traps on them and got them to turn it over and it put us in transition. Other than that, we were not very good.
“They always play us tough. Traditionally through the years, it’s always been kind of a grind to get through the game. We felt like we were more talented but that’s a credit to Carly (Perales, Armijo coach) and his team.”
The score was just 14-12 Fairfield after the opening quarter and it looked like the Indians would make a game of it. But the Falcons came alive in the second quarter, grabbing a 36-22 lead at the break.
“The first quarter, we were able to try and control the tempo and play the speed we wanted to play at,” Perales said. “We played an efficient quarter. We played pretty good defensively. In the second quarter, from that point on, they were able to force us to play more of their speed of game. And obviously, the turnovers were a big factor, swinging the momentum to their side.
“This environment is what it’s going to be on a big on a Friday night in league. Playing in a situation like this, it can only help us in the future.”
Fairfield went on to outscore Armijo 16-6 in the third quarter and 14-13 in the final period to put the game away.
DeMoriaye Hart-Spikes led the Falcons with 21 points, while Sean Gray had 10 and Raimauri nine. Anthony Bryant and Javon Adams each had five rebounds.
Tyree Carrie led the Indians with 23 points, while Bryce Lumpkins had six. Carrie and Lorenzo Martinez each had seven rebounds.
Fairfield also won the JV game, 54-36. Cameron Ross-Reed led the Falcons with 16 points, while G’Angelo Jenkins scored 10. Elijah Johnson led the Indians with six, while Dae’Ron Spencer and James Ledeaux each scored 5.
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