FM boys dig early hole in loss to Fairfield

BY PCC SPORTS

FAIRFIELD – The Fort Madison Bloodhounds didn’t get on the board until three minutes were left in the first quarter as they fell to Fairfield on the road Thursday night 55-52.

The Trojans, previously winless in Southeast Conference play, opened up a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter, behind J.J. Lanes’s six points.

But Fort Madison would outscore the hosts the rest of the way 44-41, but in the end, the Bloodhounds couldn’t overcome the early deficit.

Fairfield held leads by as much as seven midway through the second quarter and then it was a dogfight the rest of the way. Fort Madison scored five points in the final minute of the first half to cut the lead to three at 28-25 at the half.

The Hounds would get within one at 35-34 with three minutes left in the third, but Fairfield would push the lead back to three at 39-36. A Hound bucket near the end of the third made it a 1-point game again.

The teams would hold at a one point game for the first three minutes of the final period. Fairfield would go up by five with back-to-back buckets at 47-42, but Fort Madison wouldn’t go away and knotted things back up at 52 all with a minute left.

Lane, who finished with a game-high 23 on the night would bury a 3-ball for Fairfield and Fort Madison couldn’t find an answer in the final seconds.

Junior Dayton Davis led Fort Madison with 18, followed by Miles Dear with 16 on the night. Reiburn Turnbull had seven, Philip Goldie had seven and Tate Johnson had four.

Fort Madison moves to 3-7 in the conference and 7-7 overall on the year and hosts Pleasant Valley in an early 1:30 start due to potential for weather. The varsity girls follow hosting Iowa City Liberty.

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