BELLBROOK — Two of the most unlikely heroes saved the day for the Fairborn Skyhawks on Tuesday.
After seeing a lead go from comfortable to shaky in the blink of an eye, freshman Ryan Profitt and sophomore Jordan Pumroy came up big. Profitt, a 6-foot-4 center, nailed a 3-pointer from the elbow and then Pumroy, a pesky 6-foot guard, went coast-to-coast off a steal to ignite the Skyhawks to a 66-58 win at Bellbrook.
“I knew we needed a score and two more stops,” Pumroy said. “They were kind of slow coming back on defense. I was actually looking for Malik (Jacobs) on it (but) I got a little hole so I decided to take it myself.”
Bellbrook was able to cut the score to five on three straight baskets by Josh Schumacher, but the Skyhawks hung on with some solid free throw shooting, including a pair by Pumroy.
Jacobs led all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Jordan Michael added 13 points for Fairborn (2-2).
Schumacher led the Golden Eagles (3-1) with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Tyler Everidge added a season-high 17 points and seven rebounds.
“The start of the fourth quarter we came out and started scoring points in transition,” Fairborn coach Nathan Chivington said. “(And) we got some key steals.”
The steals and transition buckets helped the Skyhawks thwart a rally by Bellbrook, which trailed 39-30 midway through the third quarter before going on a 14-4 run to take a 44-43 lead after three.
Austin Hall hit a key 3-pointer while Schumacher scored six during the rally.
“We came back and we expended a lot of energy to get that lead,” Bellbrook coach Perry Caldwell said. “We tried to contain them a little bit but they had some guys step up and shoot with confidence. They out-executed us on a couple possessions.”
The first three quarters featured ragged, back-and-forth basketball with 14 lead changes. Fairborn scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to turn the one-point deficit into a 52-44 lead. Everidge made a basket and then a free throw to cut the lead to 52-47 setting up Profitt who had made one 3-pointer this season.
“He can hit it,” Chivington said. “I probably won’t recommend him taking that in the future but I’m not going to take a lot of time complaining about a shot that goes down.”
Jacobs had a hard time getting shots to go down in his first two games, but he has since rediscovered his shooting touch.
“Me being a senior, I have to step up my game a lot, get my team going,” he said. “I’m finally getting in the flow of things.”