Fairfield senior guard Damon Taylor scored 13 points to lead all
scorers in the Indians come-from-behind 38-33 win over Oak Hills on
Friday night. Taylor also tied for a game-high four steals in leading
a resurgent Fairfield squad (12-3, 7-2 Greater Miami Conference) that failed
to score in the second quarter. The Indians started the second half trailing 15-8.
Fairfield senior guard Damon Taylor scored 13 points to lead all scorers in the Indians come-from-behind 38-33 win over Oak Hills on Friday night. Taylor also tied for a game-high four steals in leading a resurgent Fairfield squad (12-3, 7-2 Greater Miami Conference) that failed to score in the second quarter.
The Indians started the second half trailing 15-8 before Taylor intercepted an errant pass from Oak Hills to score a layup.
Though Oak Hills (10-4, 8-2 GMC) would stretch their lead to eight making it 24-16, Fairfield senior guard Jon Wilkerson hit a three-point basket then was fouled trying to shoot after stealing the inbounds pass. Wilkerson’s two free throws cut the Oak Hills lead to three before the end of the third quarter. Wilkerson finished with seven points off the bench.
In the fourth quarter Taylor stepped up to hit a three-pointer to make the score 32-31, giving the Indians their first lead of the night.
Taylor then was fouled twice and made the front half of a one-and-one each time to extend the lead to three. He made one more bucket before guard Jared Baker made one of two free throws to provide the final margin of victory.
Oak Hills had trouble making shots in the second half and could not cut the late deficit with three-point baskets. The Highlanders finished with only four three-pointers made and had only a 33% field goal percentage for the game.
Highlanders head coach Mike Price was not surprised given how his team had been practicing leading up to the game Friday at Fairfield.
“Our four practices that we had last week were terrible and it showed,” Price said. “There were some things that we just couldn’t do in the second half.”
Senior guard Ross Renken lead the way for Oak Hills with 11 points, nine of which came on three-point shots. Highlanders guard Alex Rogers scored eight points in the losing effort.
One of the things that Price’s squad was unable to do was come up with an answer for the Indians on offense.
“They scored 30 points in the second half,” Price said. “If we would have scored 30 points we would have won the game.”
Fairfield center Erik Armstrong lead all players with seven rebounds. While sophomore guard Philip Harris contributed with seven points and six boards.
The Indians have rallied back from a devastating loss to first-place Princeton last week and are now one game behind them with six GMC league games left.
Fairfield next plays on the road at Sycamore (4-9, 4-6 GMC) next Friday. The Aviators lost 53-51 at Mason Friday.
Price will try to regroup his team for a home game against Walnut Hills (5-8, 1-6 FAVC) Saturday night.
“Tomorrow we need to battle back and start playing for the tourney,” Price said of his team preparing like they would for the state tournament. “We just need to get more consistent on offense.”
Price thinks his team can bounce back and play well before tournament time.
“We have a lot of seniors that have played a long time,” Price said. “We can rally back.”