BENTON – NorthWood had its total game working in a lopsided 69-35 boys basketball win at Fairfield Saturday night.
The Panthers, ranked No. 1 in Class 3-A, held Fairfield to just three points in the first quarter and baited the Falcons into a 9-32 shooting night, just 28 percent from the floor. Fairfield was 1-12 among the shooting woes, using a 16-22 free throw performance to get where it was on the scoreboard.
NorthWood, on the other hand, was 25-39 from the floor at 64 percent, and was a blazing 72 percent from the floor in the first half. Caleb Lung and Luke Zurcher each hit for 17 points. Lung was a perfect 7-7 from the floor and missed just one of his four free throws, plus had six rebounds. Vincent Miranda had 14 points and six rebounds and Trey Bilinski had 11 points and three rebounds.
Cordell Hofer had nine points and Luke Stephens had eight points for the Falcons.
The JV game’s shooting was as cold as the snow storm going on outside, with both teams struggling through a 25-20 Fairfield win. The two teams were a combined 3-28 from three-point range, but Fairfield had all three of the makes. Ryan Geer led Fairfield with nine points, and DeAndre Smart had six points for the Panthers.
The freshman contest had NorthWood come away with a 31-24 win over Fairfield. Trent Edwards had 13 points and four rebounds for the Panthers while Micah Phelps had seven points and five rebounds in the win.
NorthWood (3-0) will visit Jimtown Tuesday while Fairfield (3-2) will host Hamilton Friday in Northeast Corner Conference hoops.