Boys basketball looks to get back to .500 during packed weekend

After an even 40-40 score at the conclusion of the third quarter, the Jeffs could only put up seven during the final eight minutes in their road loss against the 11-2 Tri County Trojans last Thursday, Jan. 7.

Tri County pulled away with a 59-47 win, and the Jeffs dipped below .500 after having just reached it again with a victory over HTRS the Saturday before — a game in which senior Dylan Starr contributed a 41-point performance. A bit of this momentum carried over into Thursday’s game for Starr, who led the team in scoring once again (19).

Dylan Starr '21 weighs his options against the Thayer Central defense. Starr is leading the Jeffs in points-per-game (16.6), three pointers made (20), defensive rebounds (36) and blocks (8). Photo by Ericka Kroeker

The loss officially marked the beginning of the second half of the regular season. With nine regular season games remaining until subdistrict play on Monday, Feb. 22, the Jeffs have some time to improve their record before then. The first opportunity will come this Thursday when the team stays home to take on the Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines. Quick turnarounds will be the name of the game, as Fairbury makes the trek to Auburn the next day before rounding off the week with another home contest on Saturday, this time against the Clay Center Tigers.

Point guard Jacob Martin ’22 keeps his gaze upwards as he drives baseline. Martin and the Jeffs will face Wilber-Clatonia this Thursday, Jan. 14. Photo by Ericka Kroeker

Offensively, Starr and junior Ethan Smith have generally led the scoring, averaging 16.6 and 11.9 points-per-game respectively. Of their combined 86 shots made in the field, just over 40% have been from behind the 3-point line. Additionally, Starr and junior Zane Grizzle have together accounted for nearly half of the team’s rebounds this season.

The Jeffs are 5-1 when racking up 45+ points, therefore their offensive performance will be a large factor in determining this season’s outcome.

The Jeffs return to the bench following halftime. As a team, Fairbury is averaging 46.6 points-per-game and has seen the most success when scoring 45+. Photo by Lindsey Korthals