FAIRBORN —In what often looked like a chess match between two very equal teams, Fairborn made the last move the right one to claim a narrow 57-54 win, Friday night over Springboro.
The Panthers had one last chance at tying the game with 2.2 seconds left, but Fairborn’s Jordan Pomeroy deflected Nick Cross’s half-court pass to Evan Wilbert. Wilbert tried to get off a shot before the buzzer but Pomeroy was able to get a piece of it as time expired.
“I was in a help defense, and Aron (Childers) cut his man off, and I just anticipated the pass,” said Pomeroy. “I’ve seen it a million times, playing games, but it feels great when you can make the stop like that.”
Fairborn coach Nathan Chivington said credit was due for several Skyhawks players in the win.
“They had more size, but we were able to battle with Springboro. I thought our rebounding, especially late in the game, was huge for us. We only allowed them to have one shot, and they were always contested shots … Malik (Jacobs) had the hot hand in the first half, then Jordan (Michaels) and Ryan (Proffitt) came on in the second half.
“And Defensively, we were able to make some stops when we needed them, and that might’ve been the difference.
Jacobs scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first half for Fairborn, while Pomeroy and Michael each finished with 10 points each and Proffitt added eight second-half points.
Springboro’s John Byrne led all scorers. He too scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. Jake Varinsky finished with 13 points as the other Panther player in double figures.
“I think Fairborn deserves a lot of credit,” Springboro coach Michael Holweger said after the game. “They jumped on us early, and it seemed that every time that we would either tie the game or come close to tying things, they’d find a way to come back and get back out ahead. I don’t know for sure if we ever had the lead tonight. It didn’t feel like it.”
Holweger was getting around with the use of a rolling cart. He’d tore his Achilles tendon in a Springboro practice roughly a week ago. He said he was proud of his players’ effort.
“We played hard, but it’s still early in the season,” he said. “We need to work on the little things, but our attitude and effort are definitely there.”
Fairborn is now 1-2 overall, 1-0 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference, South Division. With yet another winter storm expected to roll through over night, today’s Greater Western Ohio Conference Showcase event, a series of games against Greenville set for this afternoon and evening at Fairborn’s Baker Middle School, has been cancelled. The Skyhawks’ next contest is now Tuesday at Bellbrook.
Springboro (1-2 overall, 0-1 GWOC South) is scheduled to play their GWOC Showcase match at Centerville on Sunday.