“We’re just glad to be first in the GMC,” Woods said. “It seems like a long time. We just want to keep going forward.”
The Indians also improved to 6-3 overall. They are one win away from matching last season’s total.
Wyrick knows the Indians still have a long road ahead, but a win over the two-time defending champion on its home court could be significant.
“This league this year is very balanced,” he said. “I keep telling everybody that the championship belongs to East until somebody takes it away. We just have to continue to work hard and try to get better every day. We’re only five games in. It’s the team that plays well in games six through 16 that will win the league.”
Fairfield is scheduled to play a GMC game at Middletown on Tuesday, while Lakota East is due to play at Mason.
The Thunderhawks and Indians are scheduled to meet at Fairfield on Feb. 9.
Crim sank two 3-pointers from the left corner while Fairfield was opening up a 12-0 lead. That Lakota Each coach Clint Adkins didn’t call a timeout surprised some onlookers, but not his players, who earlier plodded through a game-day walk-through.
“I told them, ‘If you take this for granted, it’s going to come back to bite you,’” Adkins said after the game. “I told them I wasn’t going to bail them out. I wasn’t going to call a timeout. They (Fairfield) ran everything we expected them to run. Oh, there might have been a wrinkle or two, but that’s what happens when you don’t read the scouting reports and you don’t watch film. We just had a lack of focus.”
While Johnson was going 4-for-6 from the field in the first half, the rest of the Thunderhawks were shooting 2-for-9. The Indians took their largest lead, 32-15, on junior forward Owen Bronston’s 3-pointer with 1:58 left in the half.
Junior guard Kobe Peck scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half as Lakota East chipped away at the lead. The Thunderhawks tied it on the second of back-to-back Johnson 3-pointers – the only time Fairfield didn’t lead.