JACKSON - The number 3 proved beneficial for the Fairmont boys hoopsters Monday night.
Mitch Pfingsten wears No. 3 and scored 19 points, helped by three 3-pointers; while Levi Becker, who wears No. 33, scored 16 points to guide the Cardinals to a 60-48 nonconference win over the Jackson County Central Huskies in Jackson.
The Cardinals led throughout the contest, but it took the visitors a while to pull away for good.
WATCHFUL?EYE — Fairmont’s Justin Barnes keeps a close eye on Jackson County Central’s Shadrack Wacker during hoops action Monday in Jackson. (Photo courtesy of Kjersten Baxter)
With the score tied at 6-6, Pfingsten broke the tie for good with his first trey of the game on a 3 from the corner with 13:05 to play via a Becker pass.
Bryce Holm then helped the Cardinals' cause with back-to-back buckets. Holm's first came inside at 12:35 off a Michael Forster feed, before Holm connected on a left-wing jumper from Pfingsten for a 13-6 Fairmont lead at 11:25.
JCC's Austin Hinkeldey broke Fairmont's scoring streak by going glass at 10:55, but Becker countered with a right-wing 3-pointer from Pfingsten at 10:40, before Becker added a free throw for a 17-8 lead.
The Huskies reduced their deficit to three as Jon Harmening scored on a baseline drive at 10:05, before he converted a one-handed drive down the lane at 8:40. Shadrack Wacker then replicated his teammate's one-hander in the paint 20 seconds later, leaving Fairmont with a 17-14 lead.
But the Cardinals proceeded on a 10-1 run to take control of the half for good.
Justin Barnes' baseline jumper was followed by Ryan Noll's 3-pointer from the top of the key at 6:25 for a 22-14 edge.
Becker's second effort was followed by Pfingsten's corner triple at 4:45, putting Fairmont in front 27-15.
The Cardinals maintained a double-digit advantage deep into the second half until the Huskies used a Wacker 3-point play with 3:35 to play to reduce the home team's deficit to 54-46.
Zach Copley followed with a third-effort bucket for JCC with 1:58 to play, but the hosts would get no closer than six the rest of the way.
Becker recaptured the momentum for FHS with a baseline drive off the glass at 1:25, before Pfingsten added four free throws in the final 29 seconds for the 60-48 final.
Pfingsten added six assists and three rebounds to his totals, while Becker tallied four assists and five rebounds.
Kevin Hanson chipped in six rebounds, four points and four blocks for the Cardinals.
Harmening led the Huskies with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Copley scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds before fouling out.
Fairmont (11-2, 4-0 South Central) hosts Blue Earth Area at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Jackson County Central (3-11, 1-5 Southwest) hosts Luverne on Friday.
Josh Eversman produced 19 points, six rebounds and four assists to guide Fairmont to a 78-40 victory over Jackson County Central during B-squad action Saturday in Jackson.
Taylor Beebe contributed 16 points to the win, Nick Roggow supplied 14 points and five boards, while Tadd Abel chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
Fairmont (9-1) hosts Blue Earth Area on Thursday.
Jackson County Central downed Fairmont, 35-24, during C-squad action Saturday in Jackson.
Ben Abel collected 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots to top the Cardinals; Cole Emler scored seven points; while Nate Johnson added four points and three assists.
St. Clair defeated Fairmont, 40-30, during C-squad action on Friday.
Derek Hunwardsen generated eight points and five rebounds for the Cardinals, Nate Johnson supplied seven points, while Derek Mielke added four points and five rebounds.
Fairmont hosts Blue Earth Area on Thursday.