Fair leads Central to big victory over Glenwood
After Glenwood Springs pounded the glass Tuesday night, grabbing four offensive rebounds before scoring a basket, Central boys basketball coach Ryan Hayden called a quick timeout.
The coach then proceeded to rip into his team on the sideline.
The Warriors responded with higher intensity and turned a 6-4 deficit into a 17-6 lead en route to a 54-39 win in a nonleague game.
It was arguably the best win of the season for the Warriors.
“Anytime you beat a team that’s a Top 10 team, it’s a pretty darn good win,” Hayden said about the Demons, who came in ranked No. 7 in Class 4A.
As the score was getting tight in the fourth quarter, Central (5-8) looked to its leader.
When Glenwood Springs (9-2) cut the Warriors’ lead to 41-35 after a 7-0 run to start the fourth, senior Trey Fair made a strong, physical drive to the bucket for a score. Then, a blink or two later he was cruising down the court after a steal for a layup, and the lead was back to 10 with four minutes, 40 seconds remaining.
The Warriors survived quick starts by Glenwood in the third and fourth quarters. After taking a 26-17 halftime lead, Central gave up six quick points until Giles Woolsey drilled a 3-pointer off an assist from Fair. Then, Fair grabbed one of his 11 rebounds and scored a bucket for a 34-27 lead. When Kyle Blair hit a 3-pointer and Woolsey a layup, the lead was up to 39-28.
Freshman Julio Galindo spun in a driving layup near the buzzer, and the Warriors’ lead was 41-28 after the third quarter.
Hayden said it was nice to see his team respond to the momentum shifts.
“I don’t care how good you are or how bad you are, teams are going to make runs, and that’s something you have to learn how to deal with. It’s part of the game,” he said.
Fair said it was just a matter of not letting the pace get out of hand and taking care of the ball.
“We just trust our system, and we got away from it there for a while, then we slowed it down,” he said.
Senior forward Michael Price was in the middle of the action throughout the second half, picking up a key charge on the defensive end and dishing out three assists for layups on the offensive end.
In the first half, the Warriors were pounding the ball inside, and Fair turned it into his own personal party on the block. The lefty tormented the Demons with short bank shots in close, scoring 12 of his game-high 18 points in the first half.
Darien Byrd used his quickness on defense to cause problems, and his layup after his third steal of the first quarter gave the Warriors a 15-6 lead.
With the Demons collapsing on Fair, the Warriors looked to the outside shot and had four different players hit 3-pointers.
“Once we get the ball inside, which we did today really well, it really opens up the 3-point shooters,” Woolsey said.
Hayden agreed, saying, “I feel we’re a hard team to guard when we can stretch the floor because Trey is so good inside.”
High-scoring Glenwood sophomore Cameron Horning didn’t score his first points until he drained a 3-pointer with 3:20 remaining in the second quarter. He ended with 17 points but struggled from the line, hitting only five of 14 shots.
Woolsey added 11 points and Blair nine points, respectively, for the Warriors.