Falcons awake late, but turn it on to top Pirates

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By Colin Harris | Staff Writer

Field sleepwalked through the first quarter, but found its stride and rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat visiting Southeast 54-50 in a Portage Trail Conference cross-division contest on Tuesday.

Southeast jumped out to a 10-0 lead to begin the game, as Nathan Simyak and Jordan Krych both knocked down 3-pointers as a part of a 21-8 first quarter.

"We came out flat in the first quarter, and we really let Southeast do whatever they wanted on offense," Field head coach Jon Lane said. "But I told the kids after the quarter that they would cool down and when they did, we took advantage."

After scoring the first three points of the second quarter to stretch their lead to 24-8, the Pirates seemed to lose control of the game and were outscored 18-3 for the duration of the second quarter.

Southeast (4-2) committed 10 turnovers in the second quarter and the hot shooting touch that was displayed throughout the first quarter had quickly disappeared.

"Our problem was we did not put the foot on the gas when we got a lead," Southeast head coach Matt Dillon said. "We came out in the second quarter and played selfish basketball.

"Basketball isn't a complicated sport -- you can't turn the ball over," Dillon said.

Field (2-3) got six points from Macklin Coleman and four from Austin Sparks in the momentum-turning second period as Field cut a huge deficit to trail just 27-26 at the half.

Southeast kept Field at arm's length through the third quarter -- and much of the fourth -- until the Falcons broke through with 3:10 remaining in regulation.

After floating to the top of the key, Sparks knocked down one of his three 3-pointers of the game to give Field a 45-43 lead.

Kyrch and Field guard Steve Fosnight traded buckets in the ensuing minute to tie the game at 47-47, before Sparks knocked down another 3-pointer to put Field back up 50-47 and give his team a lead it would not relinquish.

Sparks finished with 13 points and was joined by Coleman, who finished with a team-high 15 points to go along with a team-high six rebounds.

"I really give our kids a lot of credit, because they did not give up and they were eventually rewarded for it," Lane said. "This is a really big win for our team, because we know that Southeast is a good squad and they're going to win double-digits this season."

Krych put in a tremendous individual effort for the Pirates, finishing with a game-high 24 points, including two 3-pointers. Norquest finished in double figures with 16, including three 3-pointers.

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