Trojans fall to Panthers

Fairfield head boys basketball coach Mick Flattery instructs his team during a timeout on Monday against West Burlington.

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield boys basketball team was one win away from a perfect 3-0 late-season week at home.

Mount Pleasant, however, ended what proved to be the last winning streak of the season. The Trojans finished a 6-13 season with losses to Mount Pleasant (70-56), Knoxville (61-59) and a 65-48 loss to Davenport Assumption in Monday's Class 3A district semifinal.

"They smacked us in the mouth, and we didn't respond," stated Mick Flattery, head coach of the Fairfield Trojans.

Noah Mack nailed four 3-pointers and posted a game-high 18 points to help lead Davenport Assumption past Fairfield, 65-48, in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal on Monday. Mack is continuing to play despite suffering fractured left thumb going for a steal during a win over Burlington on Dec. 19.

“First game without taping it up, it’s great,” Mack told the Quad City Times after Monday's postseason win. “I am excited to be out there and it just feels normal again.”

J.J. Lane showed what a bright future he and the Trojans might have, scoring 14 points in the contest on several strong drives to the hoop. Max Weaton, who averaged 20 points per game in the regular season, finished his sophomore season with nine points on just seven shot attempts and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Against Mount Pleasant, the Trojans found themselves behind early by 10 points on consecutive 3-pointers by Chase Williamson. Despite four 3-point goals by the Panthers, Fairfield did respond back with seven points by Weaton in the post during the third period.

Trailing 42-36, Evan Haines hit a 3-pointer from the right baseline with two minutes left on the clock to pull the Trojans within three. The Panthers would add two more field goals to close out the third period, including a jumper at the buzzer to increase the Mount Pleasant lead to seven as the two teams entered the final frame of play.

Trailing 49-43 on the heals of four consecutive free throws by Weaton, Tate Allen hit a 3-pointer to again close the gap to three points again as the Trojans continued to hang on. The Panthers, however, would pull away during the final four and a half minutes of the quarter, hitting 8-10 free throws to close out the game. "Mount Pleasant just had more energy than we did," quipped Flattery, "We didn't come up with enough offensive rebounds in the game."

Fairfield was led by Weaton with 23 points and eight rebounds. Allen added 13 points. Haines scored nine and pulled down five rebounds.

Mount Pleasant was led in scoring by Sam Jerrell, who picked up 18 points.

Weaton added 25 points and 12 rebounds for Fairfield in the regular-season finale against Knoxville. Blake Holden, one of two seniors that graduate this season for the young Trojans, added 12 points as Fairfield built a 50-42 lead after three quarters.

Kieren Nichols led Knoxville in the comeback win with 16 points and eight assists. Luke Keitges added 15 points and eight rebounds while Spencer Hixson scored 14.

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