Porter’s 27 leads Dragons past Coal Grove in OVC opener

Published 3:40 am Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — Aiden Porter is starting to develop a habit and the Fairland Dragons are hoping the senior guard doesn’t decide to attend “SA.”

The fictitious “SA” is Scorers Anonymous and Porter is a prime candidate after scoring 27 points for the second straight game as he led the Dragons to a 63-35 Ohio Valley Conference win over the Coal Grove Hornets on Tuesday.

After getting 27 points on Saturday in a win over Eastern Brown, Porter followed that up with another total of 27 as Fairland ran its record to 3-0 and 1-0 in the OVC.

Chase Allen scored 11 points and J.D. Thacker 10 to aid the winning effort. Thacker also had 6 rebounds.

Owen Johnson scored 11 points and Trevor Hankins 9 to pace the Hornets (2-2, 0-1).

Porter hit a pair of treys and scored 10 points as Fairland took a 14-8 first quarter lead. Hankins had half of Coal Grove’s points.

Allen hit a couple of triples and Porter had a trey and scored 5 points as the lead went to 29-21 at the half. Perry Kingrey scored all 7 of his points in the quarter for the Hornets.

“It being our first home game, we were just a little too jacked up. We were just coming down and trying to make every shot and not work the ball,” said Dragons’ coach Nathan Speed.

“After we calmed down, we got much better defensively and offensively.”

But the Hornets’ offense went cold with just 2 points in the third quarter while Allen had another trey and scored 5 points and both Porter and Thacker had 4 points to extend the lead to 42-23.

The Dragons continued to pull away in the fourth quarter as Porters scored 8 points, Zach Tooley came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer and get 5 points while Thacker and Brody Buchanan scored 4 points each.

Johnson knocked down a 3-pointer and scored 7 of Coal Grove’s 12 points in the quarter.

Coal Grove 8 13 2 12 = 35

Fairland 14 15 13 21 = 63

COAL GROVE (2-1, 0-1): Luke Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Steven Simpson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Braylen Stuntebeck 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Hankins 4-6 0-1 1-2 9, Landen Davis 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Dryzen Mullins 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Hunter Staton 2-4 0-2 0-0 4, Elijah Dillon 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Owen Johnson 3-12 1-3 0-0 11, Braxton Horn 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Gavin Gipson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Perry Kingery 3-4 0-0 1-1 7. Totals: 7-20 2-3 35. 3-pt goals: 1-6. Rebounds: 18 (Johnson 7, Staton 3, Kingery 3). Assists: 1 (Hankins). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 5. Fouled out: None.

FAIRLAND (3-0, 1-0): Will Davis 2-4 0-0 0-0 4, Aiden Porter 8-13 3-10 2-2 27, Ethan Taylor 1-5 0-4 2, Zion Martin 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, J.D. Thacker 5-9 0-1 0-1 10, Noah Marcum 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Tooley 1-1 1-3 0-0 5, Chase Allen 1-2 3-4 0-1 11, Cole Lucas 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Southand 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Steeler Leep 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Brycen Hunt 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Brody Buchanan 2-2 0-0 0-0 4. Totals: 27-61 2-4 63. 3-pt goals: 7-22. Rebounds: 30 (Thacker 6, Hunt 4, Porter 4, Davis 4). Assists: 5 (Porter 2). Steals: 5 (Porter 2). Turnovers: 5. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.