By Robbin Kiser
February 3, 2014
By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
FAIRBORN — The snow didn’t come soon enough to stop the Piqua boys basketball team from playing its fourth game in five days.
Coming off a big win over Springfield Monday, the Indians couldn’t slow down Fairborn Tuesday in a 5 p.m. varsity only game at Fairborn Baker Middle School, losing 70-58.
“We didn’t play good enough defense and we didn’t win the rebounds,” Piqua coach Heath Butler said. “When you are playing in a an unusual environment at an unusual time, one of the things you have to do is rebound and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Jordan Michael came out on fire for Fairborn, scoring 13 points in the first 2:30 of the game to propel the Skyhawks to a 13-6 lead.
But, with Colton Bachman finding the range and scoring 15 points in the first half, the Indians got back into it, trailing 22-20 after one quarter and 31-28 at halftime.
But, Piqua struggled to score in the early going of the third quarter and Fairborn continued to find the range from long distance.
The Skyhawks made 11 shots from behind the arc, including six by Michael and opened a 17-point lead late in the quarter.
“We were close at times on defense,” Butler said. “We would be a step away from Michael — we would be a step away from the other shooters. But, we gave up way too many offensive rebounds.”
Two three point shots by Xavier Harrison got Piqua within 61-51 with 2:52 remaining, but that was as close as the Indians could get.
“Fairborn is a difficult team to play from behind on,” Butler said. “We did make a nice run. But, we expended a lot energy in that run.”
Bachman led Piqua with 29 points and six rebounds, while Harrison added 10.
“And Tate Honeycutt had seven,” Butler said. “So, we scored enough points to win. But, we just didn’t play good enough defense. And we have to win the rebound battle and we didn’t tonight.”
Michael led Fairborn with 25, while Malik Jacobs had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Piqua was 21 of 48 from the floor for 44 percent and eight of 14 from the line for 57 percent.
Fairborn was 25 of 48 from the floor for 52 percent and nine of 13 from the line for69 percent.
The Skyhawks won the battle of the boards 22-18 and had nine turnovers to the Indians eight.
Both teams are 10-7.
Piqua will play at Trotwood-Madison Friday, before hosting Lebanon Saturday.
Tate Honeycutt 3-1-7, Xavier Harrison 4-0-10, Storm Cook 1-0-3, Colton Bachman 11-3-29, Dan Monnin 1-0-3, Derrick Gullett 0-1-1, Erik Vondenhuevel 0-3-3, Ryan Neal 1-0-2. Totals: 21-8-58.
Jordan Pumroy 2-4-8, Jordan Michael 9-1-25, Brandon Lilley 3-0-8, Malik Jacobs 5-2-13, Ryan Profitt 4-0-8, Aron Childers 0-0-0, Caleb Chastain 2-0-6, Max Morgan-Elliott 0-0-0, Devon Bliss 0-0-0, Leslen Switzer 0-2-2, Austin Reynolds 0-0-0. Totals: 25-9-70.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Harrison (2), Cook, Bachman (4), Monnin. Fairborn: Michael (6), Lillery (2), Profitt, Chastain (2).
Score By Quarters
Piqua 20 28 38 50
Fairborn 22 31 53 70
Records: Piqua 10-7, Fairborn 10-7.