By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Field found its first league win at home against Crestwood on Friday night, defeating the Red Devils 58-44 in a PTC Metro Division matchup.
"This is our first league win and it's a long time coming," Field head coach Jon Lane said. "We're ready for the next one."
The Falcons dug themselves a hole early in the first quarter, allowing the Red Devils to get out to a 6-0 run. However, they cut their deficit to only a point by the end of the quarter.
Macklin Coleman sparked Field's five-point run with just under three minutes before the end of the quarter when he pulled down an offensive rebound, made a quick put-back and completed his and-1 attempt from the charity stripe. Coleman finished the night leading the Falcons on the boards with six rebounds and seven points.
Starting out the second quarter in a similar fashion, Crestwood scored seven unanswered points and yet again Field managed to battle their way back. The Falcons took their first lead of the game with 20 seconds left before halftime when their leading scorer Michael Poole scored inside the paint and put them ahead 26-25. Poole totaled 19 points.
After the halftime break Field buried Crestwood under an impenetrable 13-point deficit. They only gave up two points to the Red Devils, they pulled down twice as many rebounds and grabbed twice as many steals.
"We challenged the five that we put on the floor at the beginning of the third quarter because those five started the game and we had a terrible start," Lane said. "We challenged them at halftime to come out and have a much better start and they came out and did it."
The only concern Crestwood (6-9, 2-7 Metro) presented in the final quarter of play was that no one in a red jersey had missed a foul shot all night. Field (4-7, 1-8) put them in the double-bonus with 6:12 left to play and the Red Devils were only eight points behind.
"I was concerned and I was pretty vocal with our guys that we can't foul them on the opposite end of the floor," Lane said. "If we're going to foul them, it's got to be them going to the hole. And we're putting a good foul on them, because once they got into the bonus-fouls at the other end, we're going to give them an opportunity to walk down and shoot free throws. Luckily it didn't turn into that. We were able to stick it out."
Crestwood finished the night 17-of-18 from the foul line, missing a single foul shot in the last minute of the game.
The Falcons obtained their first league win and with a commanding 14-point separation. Playing together as a team and sharing the ball proved to be effective.
"Right now nobody individually stands out. There are just a lot of Falcons out there that really play hard and share the ball," Lane said. "I think we spread our points around so that just about everybody that plays scores. That's the kind of basketball that we need to keep playing."
Field's Levi Lowden had eight points and five rebounds, Austin Sparks finished with seven points and a host of their teammates were able to contribute as well.
While two of Crestwood's starters, Trevor Sweet and Anthony Stuber, didn't step on the hardwood against Field, Lane credits his team's success to the increased intensity and hard work his team exudes.
"They've got some guys that could have helped them, but I think our kids deserve some credit because we've changed the way we play the game this last week or so," Lane said.
For Crestwood, Jacob Klock had 12 points, Jacob Graves had 11 points, and Eric Harris had nine points and nine rebounds.