By Connor Canfield
Fairview Park, Ohio- A slow second half and shooting woes plagued the Warriors on Tuesday night as they fell to Valley Forge 68-60. Fairview entered after downing the Bay Rockets on a school-record 20 three-pointers but the Warriors encountered a shooting hangover. Valley Forge was coming into the game looking for their first conference win after dropping two straight conference games since the close game with Fairview a couple of weeks earlier.
The first quarter started out very slowly for the Warriors. Valley Forge raced out to a 10-2 lead while the shots for Fairview wouldn’t fall. But the shots finally would start to fall for the Warriors and they managed to slowly crawl back into the game and eventually ahead going into the quarter break. Fairview also managed to put Patriots star Chris Sledge in early foul trouble with two fouls in the first for the big man. Fairview would lead 19-17 going into the second. Forge was led by Trell Marks with 9 points in the first while the Warriors were led by Alex Younkin with 7.
The second quarter would be a back and forth affair with both teams playing hard. Sledge would pick up a third foul for the Patriots which was big as he can cause havoc on the glass and in the paint in general. But Fairview forward David Nemeth did a good job in containing him throughout the game in a tough matchup. Valley Forge would tie it up at the half 30-30. They were led in the second by Tyler Quinones with 7 points. The Warriors were led by Mikey Goff with 5.
The wheels fell off for the Warriors in the third, however. Valley Forge came alive out of the locker room wanting to take down one of the reigning GLC Champs. They raced out to a 24-12 quarter advantage and dominated the Warriors. The shooting woes intensified for Fairview as they just couldn’t knock down a shot. They were led by Ethan McQuate, Tyler Holliday, and Goff who all had 4 each while the Patriots were led by Quinones with 7 while Sledge, who was able to stay on the floor despite picking up his 4th foul due to the lead they had, had 6.
The fourth wasn’t much better for Fairview. Forge came out dominant in the beginning portions of the quarter. Fairview tried to launch an ill-fated comeback but it wasn’t enough Valley Forge managed to close it out and seal the 68-60 victory. The Patriots were able to take the strong third quarter that brought them back into the game in the first meeting and ramped it up. They were led by Tyler Quinones who had 20 points for the Patriots while Trell Marks also had 15. The Warriors were led by Alex Younkin who had 17 points off the bench while Mikey Goff also had 14.
The Warriors fall to 3-2 (2-1 GLC) on the year after the loss tonight. They get another test in Elyria Catholic who lost their opener to Bay tonight. The Patriots move to 2-3 (1-3 GLC) with the win and will face Parma 2-1 (2-1 GLC) on Friday after the Redman were bested by Lakewood tonight.