WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central boys’ basketball team had a rough start this week, opening against the state’s top team in Blythewood.
After dropping their opener to the Bengals, the Griffins (0-2) had a quick turn around with another road game Tuesday, this time in Chester.
The Bengals showed Monday night why they are the top basketball team in the state, hitting shots from all over and jumping on the Griffins early.
Fairfield Central was simply unable to match Blythewood in the early going and went into the half trailing 49-15.
Coach Devin Liferidge was disappointed, not just in the outcome but in the way it happened.
“I don’t think we did a good job in the first half handling their pressure at all,” he said. “I thought we made some quick decisions that worked in the first couple of minutes but it was fool’s gold.”
The Griffins came out swinging in the second half, though, and fought to come back. The Bengals were simply too good, though, and picked up the 84-44 win.
Despite the large deficit, Liferidge was impressed with the poise and leadership of his seniors.
“The kids showed me that they are fighters. We have some good seniors like Brandon Adams and Akyel Richmond, they did not let us lay down,” he said. “They continued to attack and were positive and stayed on guys so, for me, I see big picture. We have 22 games left, if you can have that kind of attitude in those circumstances, I think it gives you something to look forward to.”
The Griffins travelled to Chester on Tuesday night. The Cyclones were able to get a quick start, building a 22-point lead at the half. From there, it proved too difficult a task to claw back into the game and the Cyclones would get the win, 72-52.
The Griffins host Nation Ford at 6 p.m. Monday then host Blythewood at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.