Pioneers stay solid, hold off West Burlington, 67-58
|Michael Hauptman puts up a shot against West
|By CHAD DRURY
Wednesday, February 14, 2001
FAIRFIELD The list of competitive SEI Superconference opponents grew Tuesday night for the sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Fairfield Maharishi boys basketball team.
Not only had the Pioneers survived challenges in the early part of the season, and, most recently, against IMS and Central Lee, but they withstood a tough West Burlington team Tuesday, 67-58, for their 15th consecutive win.
Zach Silverman and Ben Stone combined for 36 of the Pioneers’ points, but three West Burlington players scored in double figures.
The Pioneers never led by more than nine points at a time in Tuesdays battle against the South Division foe, and West Burlington was never out of the contest until the end. The telling tale of the game was the free-throw advantage, as the Pioneers went to the line 25 times as opposed to the nine attempts the Falcons had.
The Pioneers led 14-10 after the first quarter, led by nine, 24-15 midway through the second, but West Burlington stormed back with a run to cut it to 32-27. Silverman scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half for the Pioneers.
West Burlington scorers Orlando Baylark and Kyle Reid, who each finished with 15 points to lead their squad, did most of their damage in a second-half rally. Baylark scored 13 of his points in the second half. The Pioneers did a solid job on Falcon outside shooter Matt Billings, limiting him to just six points in the game.
To start the second half, West Burlington played inspired basketball to cut the lead to 38-35 two minutes into the third quarter. The Falcons closed to within one a minute later, and eventually knotted the contest 40-40. However, Fairfield Maharishi put up a 9-0 run in the last three minutes to take a 49-40 lead into the final eight minutes.
Again, the Falcons made a run, but again, the Pioneers pulled away, using a run in the midddle of the quarter to take a 56-49 lead. West Burlington closed to within three with a minute remaining, but the Pioneers hit free throws to win by nine.
Fairfield Maharishi (19-1) will look to complete an undefeated season in divisional play Friday when the Pioneers travel to Pekin.
FAIRFIELD MAHARISHI (67)
Danny Duszynski 2 1-2 6, Willy Mullenneaux 2 0-0 4, Zach Silverman 6 7-8 20, Brandon Au 2 2-2 7, David Dannemann 1 1-3 3, Josh Meade 0 0-0 0, Michael Hauptman 3 2-2 8, Benek Lisefski 1 0-0 3, Ben Stone 5 6-8 16. Totals: 22 19-25 67.
Fouls: West Burlington 22, Maharishi 13. Fouled out: Dannemann. 3-point goals: Reid, Potts 2, Gieselman, Billings, Duszynski, Silverman, Au. Records: Mahari