Fairland tops South Point

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — When Adam Fuller got the hot hand, his teammates poured gasoline on him.

Fuller got hot in the second quarter and sparked the Fairland Dragons past the South Point Pointers 66-52 Friday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Fuller sank two foul shots to end the first quarter with Fairland behind 10-7. He then scored the team’s next 13 points as the Dragons rallied to take a 24-22 lead at the half.

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“He was on fire and we just kept giving the ball to Adam. All the credit goes to him. Our other kids did a good job recognizing Adam was in a zone and got him the ball,” Belville said.

“We picked up our defensive intensity.”

Kyle Wise hit a 3-pointer to put Fairland up 41-29 and a steal by Fuller and a layup by Josh Johnson just before the buzzer pushed the lead to 43-29 at the end of the third quarter.

“That shot by Wise was a tremendous momentum swing,” Belville said. “From the end of the third quarter to the first four minutes of the fourth quarter we played as well as any team I’ve ever coached.”

The Dragons were up 57-36 with 5:02 to play when Belville subbed. South Point’s backups came on and cut the deficit to just 57-49 with 3:17 to play.

Fairland’s starters returned and Michael Lamb

converted a 3-point play to make it 60-49 and the Dragons continued to stretch the lead.

“I might have subbed a little too early. But give them credit. They were down 21 and they came in and played their hearts out,” Belville said.

Fuller finished the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, both game highs. Josh Johnson scored 16 points to go with five assists for Fairland (8-4, 4-1).

South Point (5-5, 2-3) was led by Jeremiah Taylor with 15 points and 10 rebounds. J.T. Terry scored 16 points, 14 in the first half.

“Dustin Bumgardner guarded Taylor most of the night and did a great job not letting Jeremiah have his way inside. J.B. Smith was fantastic on defense for us. When he came in you could just feel our defensive intensity going up,” Belville said.

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SOUTH POINT (5-5, 2-3): Chris Brown 1-5 0-2 0-0 2, Kyle Hughes 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, J.T. Terry 6-8 0-2 4-5 16, Beau Weed 3-3 0-1 1-2 7, Jerrell Dean 1-3 0-0 0-2 2, Zach Woody 2-6 0-0 1-2 5, Aaron Craft 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Joey Stevens 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Chase McWhorter 0-2 1-3 0-0 3, Jeremiah Taylor 6-110-0 3-9 15. Totals: 20-41 1-8

9-20

52. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 34 (Taylor 10). Assists: 2. Turnovers: 23.

FAIRLAND (8-4, 4-1): Kyle Wise 0-1 1-3 0-0 3, Josh Johnson 6-13 0-1 4-6 16, Adam Fuller 7-14 1-3 7-8 24, Rich Staggs 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Ethan Long 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Cole Hatfield 1-1 2-6 1-4 9, J.B. Smith 1-6 0-0 4-9 6, Chris Barnett 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Pemberton 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Lamb 2-5 0-5 1-1 5, Matt Burd 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dustin Bumgardner 1-4 0-0 1-2 3. Totals: 18-45

4-18

18-31

66. Fouls: 20. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 35 (Fuller 10). Assists: 14 (Hatfield 5, Johnson 5). Turnovers: 14.