Falcons heat up Arctic night for win over Rovers

By Colin Harris | Staff writer Published:

By Colin Harris | Staff writer

At least one thing was hot on a frigid Tuesday night in Portage County.

The Field Falcons needed a confidence-boosting win and got one with a 27-point first quarter as they pounded Rootstown 73-29 in a PTC cross-division game.

"I told our kids before the game that we were two struggling teams and something had to give," Field head coach Jon Lane said. "Our guys took the message and came out strong."

Austin Sparks led the charge in the first quarter, scoring 12 points as Field jumped out with a 12-2 run to begin the game and pushed it to 27-8 by the end of the period.

Forward Macklin Coleman also chipped in six of his 15 points during the first quarter as the Falcons overwhelmed the host Rovers.

"I think that our first quarter might have been the biggest quarter we've ever had since I got here," Lane said about his team's quick start. "We needed a quarter like that because it showed our guys that what we're doing on offense will work, but they have to have faith in it."

Already ahead 41-18 at the half, the Falcons pushed their lead even further with a 20-6 third-quarter effort.

Coleman poured in eight points and was joined by teammates Sparks and Stevie Fosnight with four points apiece in the third quarter as Field's lead ballooned to 61-24.

Three players finished in double figures for Field in a winning effort led by Joe Simpson with 17 points. Simpson provided some spark during Field's second and fourth quarter "lulls," scoring 15 of his points in those two periods.

Sparks finished with 16 points, while Coleman added 15 as all three players enjoyed one of their best games of the year.

After the win, Lane reiterated how important it was for his team to look dominant in a win after struggling through the early part of the season.

"When you're getting beaten game after game, it can get really easy to start questioning whether you're doing the right thing," Lane said. "So it was nice for the kids to come out here and see we're running the right stuff and that they just need to let things happen."

Tyler Skipper finished with nine points, including his team's lone 3-pointer, to lead Rootstown. Skipper was joined by teammate Connor Formick with six points.

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