WESTWOOD Its was a beautiful “Day” for Fairview Tuesday night.
Trailing 54-49 with 48 seconds to play in regulation, Fairview mounted a comeback to force an extra period with Bath County after Jaxon Manning tied the contest with four seconds to play.
Steven Day provided the Eagles with a 57-57 tie of a pair of free throws and Cody Caldwell’s only point of the night came from his second attempt from the charity stripe with 4.8 seconds to play for a 58-57 lead.
Bath County’s Zach Otis raced the length of the court but his double-clutch 3-pointer only drew short iron as the Eagles held on for the overtime victory at George Cooke Memorial Gymnasium.
“I’m proud of my guys because we are down five with 48 seconds to go and it looks like we’re dead in the water,” Fairview coach Roger Newton said. “We made a couple of bad turnovers and just threw it away and gave it to them. But they fought back and worked through a lot of adversity.”
Manning led the Eagles with 25 points. Day added 17 points and 15 rebounds after having only four and three, respectively, at the break.
“He fought really hard,” Newton said of Day. “I challenged him at halftime—I really ripped into him—and I thought he answered the call the second half.”
Manning had a chance for the outright lead inside of a minute to play in the overtime period after finding a lane to the rim. Manning’s shot through contact would not fall, but he claimed the rebound to give the Eagles another look late.
“We’ve got a 20-point something a night player and he drives to the basket and it just seems like nothing is called,” Newton said of Manning. “I’m trying to figure that out. You have to protect a good player in our region that drives to the basket, not just one or two or three of them. Everybody needs the same type of protection going to the basket.”
Manning finished 6 of 18 from the field and connected on 10 of 12 free throw attempts.
Bath County (1-3) erased a four-point deficit after one and took a 28-23 lead to the locker room after a pair of 9-2 runs in the frame including the second that closed the quarter.
Fairview (4-8) opened a 38-34 lead late in the third behind a 9-0 run after Camren Muncy buried a wide-open trey from the wing. Otis capped off a Bath County 8-0 run with 2:31 to play in the contest for a three-point edge and the sophomore pushed the lead to five after a steal at midcourt and a transition layup for his final field goal of the game.
Otis finished with 15 points, half of his season average of 30.7 per outing and Newton praised the effort of Caldwell’s defense as the reason.
“It kind of took the life out of him and I don’t think he fought hard enough to get the basketball as I expected he would,” Newton said of Otis. “Maybe where they’ve been off, they just weren’t ready to see kind of our junk defense that we threw at them tonight. Cody plays great and plays hard every game. He will do whatever it takes to win.”
Bath County coach Bart Williams said when you are the top dog, so comes the attention which is not always a good thing.
“The good news is when you are one of the top scorers in the state, everybody hears about it,” Williams said. “The bad news is, everybody hears about it. We have to get used to Zach facing that every night. They did a great job of making it tough on him and somebody has to step up. A lot of people had a chance to step up tonight and we didn’t do that. We didn’t have enough guys step up.”
Bath County struggled from the free throw line while playing in only its fourth game of the season after being shut down due to COVID-19 protocols since Jan. 9. The Wildcats went 15 of 31 from the line and missed a pair of freebies with 17 seconds in regulation that could have pushed the lead to four.
“When you are playing on the road and you aren’t hitting free throws and rebounding you are probably in trouble and we were tonight,” Williams said.
Bath County placed four players in double figures led by Jordan Wilson’s 17 points. Judah Hill finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
BATH CO. FG FT REB TP
Rushing 1-6 0-4 5 2
Hill 4-9 3-4 10 12
Wilson 4-12 9-15 5 17
Manley 4-7 0-0 1 11
Otis 6-16 3-8 8 15
St. John 0-0 0-0 0 0
Butcher 0-0 0-0 0 0
Ch. Roussos 0-2 0-0 2 0
TOTAL 19-52 15-31 31 57
FG Pct.: 36.5. FT Pct.: 48.4. 3-pointers: 4-12 (Hill 1-3, Roussos 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Manley 3-6, Otis 0-1) PF: 22. Fouled out: Hill. Turnovers: 15.
FAIRVIEW FG FT REB TP
Shannon 1-1 0-0 3 2
Manning 6-18 10-12 8 25
Caldwell 0-5 1-4 5 1
Day 7-18 3-6 15 17
Tucker 2-5 2-2 2 7
Harper 0-0 2-2 1 2
Muncy 1-4 1-2 4 4
Terry 0-0 0-0 0 0
Adams 0-1 0-1 3 0
TOTAL 17-52 19-29 41 58
FG Pct.: 32.7. FT Pct.: 65.5. 3-pointers: 5-20 (Manning 3-7, Caldwell 0-2, Day 0-2, Muncy 1-4, Tucker 1-4, Adams 0-1). PF: 20. Fouled out: Tucker. Turnovers: 23.
BATH CO. 13 15 12 15 2 — 57
FAIRVIEW 17 6 19 13 3 — 58
Officials: Joe Coldiron, Stephen Miller, David Stafford.