FAIRMONT — Fairmont boys basketball coach Michael Baker has been preaching to his club the importance of ratcheting up their defense.
His Golden Tornadoes are listening.
Fairmont held South Columbus without a field goal through the first 10 minutes Friday night on its way to a 75-46 rout at Fairmont High School.
The Golden Tornadoes suffocated the Stallions from the opening tip, allowing just two South Columbus free throws in the first quarter to build a 21-2 lead after one period of play. Fairmont erupted for 26 points in the second quarter to hold a 47-18 command at halftime.
Fairmont (4-2), which had 10 players score, was led by Shemar Barfield who had a game-high 18 points. Kwinton Hinson followed with 12, adding a team-high nine rebounds. Jackie Oxendine chipped in 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Khalil Foles led winless South Columbus (0-2) with 16 points.
Evans, Fairmont girls roll
Anasia Evans scored nine of Fairmont’s first 11 points en route to a 22-point night to lead the Lady Golden Tornadoes to a 44-28 win over South Columbus.
Evans, who hit three 3-pointers, helped Fairmont (3-3) pull away in the third quarter. With the score tied at 23-23, the Tornadoes compiled an 11-0 run during the last three and a half minutes in the frame to take the lead for good.
Na’Jewel Ingram added 13 points for Fairmont.
Eagles bounce Bulldogs
ELIZABETHTOWN — A fourth-quarter letdown led to the St. Pauls boys basketball team’s demise in a 56-43 road loss to East Bladen on Friday night.
St. Pauls (3-3) led by one at the start of the fourth quarter but was outscored 22-8 in the final frame. The Bulldogs, who trailed 24-16 at halftime, had pulled ahead in the third thanks to a 2-3 zone that kept the Eagles (3-2) at bay. In the fourth, however, East Bladen found its shooting touch and swung the momentum with timely 3-point shooting down the stretch.
“It was a real physical game, the refs let us play,” said St. Pauls head coach Travis Lemanski, whose team edged the Eagles last week, 72-68. “And they (East Bladen) were more physical than us.”
Jaquan Jones led the Eagles with a game-high 20 points.
Malik Livingston netted a team-high 13 for St. Pauls.