Trey Fair's Warriors top Spencer Fair's Wildcats
Cousin locked eyes with cousin.
“I knew exactly what he was going to do,” said Central’s Trey Fair, who with 20 seconds remaining at Central High School on Friday was standing in front of the basket, facing a driving Spencer Fair. “I knew he was going to try and get me my fifth (foul).”
Trey Fair said the cousins are “competitively close,” and on the play that came with Central up by two points, they were exactly that. Spencer Fair drove at Trey Fair, who dodged and swept a hand over the head of his 6-foot-6 cousin. Spencer Fair’s layup rimmed out, and the Warriors went on to win, 52-48, in Southwestern League boys basketball.
Trey Fair finished with 12 points and was part of a fast-breaking fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 34 points.
Central’s Edward Becoat finished with a game-high 18 points. Particularly in the fourth quarter, he was involved in many plays in which he ran off screens for easy layups.
For the Central seniors, it was their final home game. Senior night was good on Central. But for Fruita (8-14, 2-7 SWL), things didn’t quite come together. Spencer Fair picked up his fourth foul with 3 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter. With Fair out, the lanes were open for Central (9-13, 4-5). In the final minute, Preston Grandbouche hit one of two free throws that put the Warriors ahead, 49-46.
Then, just as he’d done after a Becoat layup during the fourth-quarter offensive flurries, Trey Fair smiled.
“It felt good,” Trey Fair said. “I felt like we had it.”
They finally became organized amid the emotional chaos of a crosstown rivalry, Central coach Ryan Hayden said.
“Just being in the right spots, knowing what the play is,” Hayden said. “You’re dealing with kids in this atmosphere, and just the electricity of the place. Yeah, you’re trying to have fun, but you’re also trying to play the game.”
For both teams in the fourth quarter, the screens were usually in the right spot, the cuts were at direct lines to the basket, and with geometric precision, Central and Fruita traded baskets with few turnovers.
“I think we knew the game was coming down to the nitty gritty,” Becoat said, “and so you have to play to perfection if you’re going to win it, and we did it.”
Even Fruita played relatively mistake-free and also made 20 of 26 free throws. Donny Thornhill led the Wildcats with 16 points, going 7 for 7 from the line. Dylan Row added 13 points.
But with 30 seconds remaining, Thornhill had a potential 3-pointer taken away. Just before the shot, Becoat fouled Spencer Fair, who made two free throws that left the Wildcats down, 49-48.
After Becoat hit one of two free throws, Spencer Fair and Thornhill engaged in a pick and roll that left Spencer Fair on the aforementioned path at his cousin.
“We’re competitively close,” Trey said of his relationship with Spencer. “We know each other’s game, each other’s limits, what each other does. ... Yeah, there was a little smack talk. We know what gets to each other.”