COMMERCE — At this rate, Justin Goins is going to have lots of gray hair in no time.
For the second straight night, his Fairland Owls struck late to claim a 46-43 victory here Tuesday night over Commerce in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Ironically, both will play again here Friday night in the Class 2A Area III District 4 tournament.
“It’s going to be just as tough Saturday,” Goins said.
The Owls had to work overtime Monday night to claim a 62-60 win against Ketchum.
“Those young kids are starting to grow up,” Goins said. “After 22 games, they’re not sophomores any more. That’s two in a row and two games that have been real close.”
Commerce had led 34-27 heading into the fourth quarter and padded the margin to 10 (40-30) on back-to-back buckets by Zach Barnes.
But the Tigers would score just two points the rest of the way.
A free throw by Luis Arizpe with 62 seconds left gave Commerce a 43-40 advantage.
However, Jordan Alexander scored from in the paint with 45.1 seconds to play, giving Fairland its first lead of the night.
Jesse Drosche iced the win by hitting two free throws at the 4.1-second mark.
“We didn’t hit our shots like we have been,” Goins said. “But we did a good job of penetrating, then kicking it out.”
The Owls had five treys in the game, two each by Jacob Bryant and Jon Henry and one by Alexander.
Bryant, Henry, Alexander and Drosche are all sophomores. Drosche had a game-high 24 points while Alexander finished with seven points. Bryant and Henry added six points each.
There were only two ties all night long, 22-22 at 4:28 of the third quarter and 42-42 at 1:29 of the fourth.
Commerce led 9-3 after one period then coasted into the half with a 20-13 edge.
Barnes scored 16 points to lead the CHS scoring. Luke Manning had 11 for the Tigers.
Commerce picked up a 49-30 victory in the girls’ game.
The Lady Tigers led 7-6 after the opening frame but padded that to 18-12 by intermission.
CHS broke the game open with a 19-9 run in the third quarter.
The Lady Tigers also held a 12-9 edge over the final eight minutes.
Kourtney Reading had a game-high 18 points for Commerce. She got nine of that in the fourth quarter.
She was joined in double figures by Adrienne Herrera with 12.
Suzanne Pascoe scored eight points and Jessica Blalock chipped in with seven.
Fairland 6 6 9 9 — 30
Commerce 7 11 19 12 — 49
Fairland — Pascoe 8, Blalock 7, Davis 3, Mowery 3, Summers 3, McCorkell 2, Shelton 2, Gebhart 1, Marcil 1.
Commerce — Reading 18, Herrera 12, C. Watson 9, M. Watson 6, Trease 3, Stevenson 1.
3-point goals — Davis 1, Mowery 1, Summers 1, Reading 2.
Fairland 3 10 14 19 — 46
Commerce 9 11 14 9 — 43
Fairland — Drosche 24, Alexander 7, Bryant 6, Henry 6, Smith 3.
Commerce – Barnes 16, Manning 11, Richard 5, Bowling 4, Arnold 4, Williams 2, Arizpe 1.
3-point goals — Henry 2, Bryant 2, Alexander 1.