Chaos ensues, Fairfield prevails | Southeast Iowa Union

Max Weaton shovels and scores for Fairfield in the Trojans’ 77-63 win over Iowa City High on Monday, January 23, 2023. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

FAIRFIELD — What began as a great basketball game for Fairfield against Iowa City High Monday night ended in chaos.

Fairfield would win the game 77-63, but not before some drama ensued on the court.

As the game progressed, tensions on the Iowa City High side began to rise. After two technical free throws resulting from the sacking of the Little Hawks head coach, an Iowa City High fan was kicked off for berating the umpires early in the fourth quarter.

With just two minutes left in the game, tensions boiled over as the Trojans led 14, 77-63 when Fairfield’s Tate Allen was fouled by Iowa City High’s Evan Lampe. The two previously crossed paths as Lampe tried to snatch the ball out of Allen’s arms after he dived on a loose ball in the first.

Fairfield’s Riley Perkins buries a three in the Trojan’s, 77-63, win over Iowa City High on Monday, January 23, 2023. (Hunter Moeller/The Union)

This time the foul committed was Lampe’s fifth and final, but instead of going over the bench, Lampe charged at Allen, knocking him over with full force and continuing to hit while Allen had his back on the court.

Coaches from both teams rushed onto the pitch to end the scuffle. After a five-minute break to calm the pressure, the referees decided to abandon the contest, earning the Trojans’ second consecutive win, 77-63.

Despite the drama, it was a great outing for the Trojans.

The Trojans took a 7-3 lead before the Little Hawks regained the lead. They would lead by a maximum of three to the 3:19 mark.

With the game locked at 11-11, JJ Lane buried two consecutive threes to increase the Trojans’ lead to 17-11. They would never chase after her again.

“The scout team is doing a really good job,” said Fairfield head coach Mick Flattery. “Our assistants are doing a really good job of getting the game plan I want from them. Our boys did a very good job defensively. Our boys took great pictures. We had huge baskets from everyone and great balance.”

After a three from City High made it just a five-point game, 20-15, Fairfield sophomore Riley Perkins dropped a three to make it 23-15. Perkins was tremendous for the Trojans that night as he scored from deep with six shots.

“It feels great to be a part of this rotation,” said Pekins. “It feels good. I hit my shots when I was open and teammates got the ball for me. They knew I was hot and that’s how it went. It just feels great.”

Fairfield continued to operate in the second quarter.

Fairfield’s JJ Lane flies towards the rim against Iowa City High on Monday, January 23, 2023. The Trojans won 77-63. (Hunter Möller/The Union)

A Max Weaton and -1 and a Perkins three sparked a 17-7 run by halftime in the second period. Lane ended the run with three points to turn it into a 17-point affair, 39-22, the Trojans’ biggest lead of the night.

However, City High rallied after the half-time whistle as they put up a run of their own, 11-3, only to bring it back to single digits at the break, 42-33.

Early in the third game, the Little Hawks went up five, 42-37 before Ryan Higgins broke the scoring spell with a pair.

The Trojans were able to keep the margin in their favor.

At 2:55 in the third game, City High came as close as they had the rest of the way, cutting it down to just four, 50-46. Once again Fairfield answered.

In the final minutes, Allen struck five straight for the 55-46 and with less than 30 seconds left Perkins sank a three to make it a 10-point game that went into the final eight minutes of action, 58- 48

In the fourth, Fairfield was able to hold out and never let City High return to the single digits.

Weaton finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds for Fairfield. Perkins ended his hot night of shooting with 22 points. JJ Lane added 19 points and six assists. Allen ended with eight points. Higgins and Myles McEntee each had two.

“We just have to keep going,” Perkins said. “We have to keep going and we will do well. We’re staying together and that’s really positive for us. If we keep going like this, we’ve made it.”