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Fairland runs by Tolsia, 70-66

PROCTORVILLE — Running or standing, the Fairland Dragons were a problem for the Tolsia Rebels.

Fairland used two different strategies to beat Tolsia 70-66 Wednesday in a non-league game.

“We were out-running them early,” said Fairland coach John McClung. “We went to a match-up zone late and gave them trouble.”

Evan Salyers scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Dragons raced to an 18-10 lead. Mckenzie Martin had 9 of Tolsia’s points.

But Salyers got into foul trouble in the second quarter and Tolsia closed to within 28-27 at the half. The Dragons kept the lead as Jonathan Holbrook and Salyers had 4 points each while Jacob Copley scored 8 points and Martin 6 for the Rebels.

Each team had 15 points in the third quarter and it was 43-42.

The scoring pace picked up in the fourth quarter as Fairland outscored Tolsia 27-24. Chad Fisher had 8 points, Matt Campbell and Jon Baise 5 each, and Matt Bloomfield was 7-of-10 from the line.

Martin had 9 points while Copley and Virgil Salmons 7 points each for the Rebels in the quarter.

“We shot well at the foul line at the end. That was a swing factor,” said McClung.

Salyers led Fairland (9-8) with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bloomfield also had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Fisher scored 13 points and handed out 5 assists.

Baise and Holbrook pulled down 7 rebounds apiece.

Martin scored 24 points and Copley 23 for Tolsia (8-6).

Fairland hosts Rock Hill Friday.