Fairborn struggles to score in final home opener at Baker


FAIRBORN — Offense was tough to come by Tuesday for Fairborn in a 47-30 loss to Butler.

The Skyhawks went nearly 14 consecutive minutes during the first half without scoring a point. Fairborn led 5-2 in the first quarter before allowing a 16-0 run.

William Perry III broke the scoreless stretch by making a three with a minute left in the second quarter, but Butler answered to take a 12-point lead into halftime.

Nearly half of Fairborn’s points came during a spurt in the third quarter that saw them connect on three shots from beyond the arc to pull the deficit as close as six. Butler responded with a pair of baskets in the final seconds to take its lead back into double figures and cruised to a win in the fourth.

Taiyou Williams led Fairborn with nine points Achiel Dunwiddie had eight, all coming in the second half, and Perry III added six.

The loss was the first in Miami Valley League play for the Skyhawks, falling to 1-1 in the league and 1-2 overall.

Tuesday’s game began the team’s final home schedule playing at Baker Middle School. Fairborn will play eight more league games at home this season, concluding with a game against Xenia on Feb. 13, 2024.

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