Midland outlasts Fairview
By Chris Quebedeaux
MIDLAND – The Midland Rebels shrugged off a sluggish first half, responding with 39 points in the final 16 minutes, to take an 73-63 victory over Fairview Tuesday evening.
The victory sent Midland to 10-0 on the season. Fairview fell to 8-3 with two of those losses occurring at the hands of the Rebels.
“This was one of the best games I’ve ever coached in,” said Midland coach Todd Briley following the contest. “I was looking forward to this one. I knew it would be tough.”
Midland made it difficult on itself early in the game after jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first two minutes. From that point on until the half, Fairview simply outplayed and outhustled the Rebels to cut the advantage to 35-33 at the break.
“We just weren’t quite tough enough in the first half on the boards,” said Briley. “They (Fairview) killed us on the offensive boards.”
Briley’s team regained its form in the third quarter behind four 3-pointers (two from B.J. Cormier and two from Colby Gantt) to extend the Rebels’ cushion to 54-47.
Fairview got as close as three (54-51) before Midland went on an 8-2 run midway through the final frame.
With just over three minutes remaining, Midland spread the floor, killing clock while also coming up with two big layups from Gantt. Cormier added another 3-pointer and then hit two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to thwart any hopes of a Fairview comeback attempt.
“We really stepped up in the second half,” said Briley. “We rattled them a little bit early with our pressure, got a little lead and then we executed really well down the stretch. We worked the ball well and did a good job with our spread offense.”
Miles Prejean did most of the damage early on, scoring 16 of his game-high 27 points in the first half. Gantt followed with three 3-pointers and 18 points. Cormier also had three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points while Allen Fontenot had 11. Michael Vincent, Andrew Hains and Michael Primeaux each scored two.
Midland will travel to Starks Monday for a 7 p.m. contest.