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Fairfield Boys Route Lakeland

“One team was ready to play, one team wasn’t. It’s that simple.”

So said Lakeland boys basketball coach Ryan Yoder after his squad’s 48-33 loss to NECC rival Fairfield Tuesday night in Benton. The Falcons scored the first six points of the contest and led by at least a bucket the rest of the way in notching their second league win in as many outings.

“Fairfield wanted the game more than we did and played better than us,” Yoder reiterated. “We dug ourselves too big of a hole early.”

Jalen King, who finished with a team-best 11 points, swished a deuce and a three-pointer late in the first half to draw the Lakers within four (18-14). Soon after, however, King was whistled for his third foul and the Falcons took advantage by netting the final six markers of the second period to boost its margin to 24-14.

Chandler Kauffman poured in 18 points to lead Fairfield. A.J. Mast added 14 tallies and Alex Miller 11 to the Falcon ledger.        

Tim Abbott followed King on the LHS scoresheet with 10 points.

The loss dropped Lakeland to 1-3 overall and to 1-1 in the NECC.

GAME SUMMARY

Fairfield 48

Lakeland 33

Scoring by quarters

LL 4 10 9 10 -33

FF 10 14 7 17 -48

Lakeland

Tim Abbott 4, 2-5, 10; Jalen King 4, 2-2, 11; Mitch Herber 0, 0-0, 0; Todd Knote 0, 2-2, 2; Dustin Cunningham 0, 0-0, 0; Marco Olivares 0, 0-0, 0; Cody Richardson 1, 0-0, 2; Spencer Mortola 3, 1-1, 8; Totals 12, 7-10, 33

Three-point field goals 2 (King 1, Mortola 1)

Fairfield

Chandler Kauffman 8, 2-2, 18; A.J. Mast 6, 1-1, 14; Jared LaRue 0, 0-0, 0; Dillon Lockwood 0, 0-0, 0; Alex Miller 5, 1-2, 11; Erik Parcell 0, 0-0, 0; Marcue Rodes 0, 1-2, 1; John Stack 2, 0-0, 4; Totals 21, 5-7, 48

Three-point field goals 1 (Mast 1)