Fairfield's Stack harasses Jimtown guards in defensive win

It wasn't a pretty game offensively, but Fairfield's John Stack tried to make up for it on defense.

Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:31 p.m.

BENTON — If Fairfield wasn't going to shoot well, it sure was going to defend well.

The Falcons got off to a rocky start, trailing Jimtown 8-2 early and shooting just 2-13 from the field in the first quarter. But smothering pressure from senior guard John Stack kept the Falcons in the game and kept Jimtown's Adam DeShone and Dylan Guldager off their marks.

By the time Fairfield could find its shot — at least enough to take a 18-16 lead — Stack had helped force 15 first-half turnovers and held DeShone scoreless and Guldager to one 3-pointer.

"We really wanted to get up on them and not let them catch and shoot easily," Fairfield coach Troy Beachy said. "(Stack) was all over them tonight. I thought he really just set the tone for us defensively."

Stack swarmed the Jimtown guards, oftentimes not letting them get past the volleyball line. The defensive effort was nothing new for Stack or his teammates. The Falcons have locked down defensively when they've struggled to score the past few games. But against Jimtown on Tuesday, Feb. 25, it finally paid off.

Fairfield bounced back to a 49-34 win, boosting the Falcons to 11-8 overall as they approach their final regular season game against Central Noble.

"In the first half, we had nothing fall for us, and even in the second half, there wasn't anything," Stack said. "It's been a recurring theme for us the last few games. Just to come out here even when we weren't shooting well and get those big stops and win, that's big for how low scoring of a game it was. It really helps with sectionals coming up next week."

Nick Floyd came off the bench to post four 3-pointers and 14 points for the Jimmies, but his efforts weren't enough to overcome Jimtown's 23 turnovers. As the Jimmies (7-12) close out their season on Friday against LaVille, coach Ron Dietz looks to rectify the sloppy ball handling before sectionals.

"We've got to handle the ball under pressure, and we just didn't," he said. "The pressure came on and it's not for a lack of trying, we just fundamentally did not hang on to the basketball. With that many turnovers, and  they're very efficient with the basketball, they're going to score."

Marcus Rodes led the Falcons with 10 points, while Josh Stephens tossed in seven.


Jimtown— Dylan Guldager 1-4 1-2 4, Adam DeShone 2-7 2-2 7, Trevor Hobbs 4-7 1-2 9, Austin Secor 0-2, Sam Pawlak 0-1, Nick Floyd 5-11 14, Kain Templeton 0-1. Totals: 12-32 (.375) 4-6 34.

Fairfield — Mitch Dewitt 1-2 0-0 2, John Stack 1-6 2-4 5, Josh Stephens 2-6 2-2 7, Marcus Rodes 3-8 3-3 10, Brock Goeglein 1-5 2-2 5, Sam Brown 2-4 2-2 6, Clay Bontrager 0-0 1-2 1, Brady Willard 0-0 0-0 0, Kegan Showalter 0-1 0-0 0, Joe Line 2-6 2-2 6, Thomas Martin 3-5 1-1 7, Cody Haab 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-43 (.349) 16-19 49.

Scoring By Quarters

Jimtown — 8 8 3 15 — 34

Fairfield — 5 13 11 20 — 49

3-point goals: Jimtown (6-19) — Floyd 4, Guldager, DeShone; Fairfield (3) — Stack, Stephens, Goeglein.

Rebounds: Jimtown (17) — Guldager 6; Fairfield (24) — Rodes 4, Goeglein 4, Line 4, Martin 4.

Assists: Jimtown (9) — Guldager 4 ; Fairfield (10) — Bontrager 4.

Steals: Jimtown (3); Fairfield (9) — Stack 3.

Turnovers: Jimtown 24, Fairfield 12.

Total fouls: Jimtown 17, Fairfield 13.

Records: Jimtown 7-12; Fairfield 11-8.

Next: LaVille at Jimtown, Central Noble at Fairfield, both Friday, Feb. 28.

JV: Fairfield 42, Jimtown 25. Top scorers: Fairfield — Brady Willard 12, Sam Brown 10; Jimtown — Travis Atkinson 6.


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