‘Cats poise fends off feisty Fairborn

By John Bombatch Sports Editor jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

December 25, 2013

FAIRBORN — Moments after Monday night’s overtime thriller, Springfield’s Daniel Davis came over to the Fairborn locker room and gave Skyhawk players Ryan Profitt and Brendon Lilley a big postgame hug.

Davis scored 23 points to lead his Wildcats team, but Fairborn made him earn every one of them, to lead Springfield to an exciting 85-80 overtime win at the Fairborn Memorial Fieldhouse, on the Baker Middle School campus.

It still looks like a loss in the standings, but Fairborn (2-4, 1-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference, South) may have earned some respect with how they played. Springfield coach Isiah Carson said his ‘Cats maintained their composure when they fell behind late in the game.

“(Springfield) showed good poise and they showed good fight,” Carson said. “Give Fairborn credit. They came in with a good game plan and they executed it, and Jordan Michael played a heckuva game for them. He was off the charts tonight.”

Aron Childers hit a pair of free throws to give Fairborn a 73-70 lead with 56.9 seconds left in regulation, but on Springfield’s very next possession Davis calmly drained a 3-pointer with 37.2 ticks left to tie the game.

Fairborn senior guard Jordan Michael got off a three-point try from the right wing, but missed as time expired. Michael scored a game-high 31 points in the loss.

Springfield (4-1, 1-0 GWOC Central) hit 8-of-16 free-throw tries, to go along with field goals by Guy Victoria and Davis, to win it in overtime.

Skyhawks coach Nathan Chivington was proud of his team’s effort, but wasn’t happy with losing a close one on his home floor. Four Skyhawks regulars had fouled out by the time the game ended. Chivington said that hurt.

“We did have guys step up and play hard for us, but when those guys in foul trouble were playing, they were forced to not play as aggressive as we might’ve needed them to play. And so that might’ve taken some of our guys out of their playing rhythm.

“(Jordan) Michael and Malik Jacobs. They’re both seniors and they both played lights out basketball tonight. They both really stepped up their game.”

Michael (31 points), Jacobs (13), Jordan Pumroy (12) and Branden Lilley (5) each fouled out for Fairborn. Profitt also finished in double-figure scoring with 10.

Springfield senior forward Derick Yarbrough (11 points) fouled out as well. Other Wildcats in double-figure scoring were Anthony Freeman with 15 points; Henry Alexander and Dae’Shawn Jackson both scored 10.

Fairborn just battled the GWOC Central’s current second-place team to overtime. They’ll face the Central’s division leading Beavercreek in their next game, at 7:30 Friday on the Fairborn Memorial Fieldhouse court.

Springfield also returns to action Friday with a non-league road contest in Urbana.