GOSHEN — Year in and year out, one of the most anticipated contests on the local high school boys basketball scene is the one featuring the Fairfield Falcons and the Westview Warriors.
“Both communities get behind their teams,” Westview coach Rob Yoder said. “It’s a game that is fun for the kids and for the communities.”
“The schools are similar and so are the communities,” Fairfield coach Troy Beachy said. “It seems like most years this one goes a long way in determining the conference champion.”
Fairfield (7-4, 3-1 NECC) hosts Westview (6-3, 3-0) Friday night despite the fact the two just squared off in last week’s conference tournament.
The Warriors were a 71-55 winner as Chandler Aspy tossed in 24 points, Judah Zickafoose 16, Jamar Weaver 12 and Jordyn Bontrager 11.
“Westview probably has an advantage since they won the first game,” Beachy said. “I’m just glad the game is at our place. We have got to rebound better and be more physical. We need to do a better job on defense of containing Bontrager and Aspy and also Zickafoose on the inside.”
In the first game, Bontrager also had eight rebounds, five assists a steal and two blocked shots.
“Bontrager has the ball in his hands a lot,” Beachy said. “He is one of the best point guards in the area. He gets Westview into what they need to do. He is tough to guard, because he can shoot from outside if you leave him open or drive to the basket if he is pressed.”
Bontrager sprained an ankle in the first period of the NECC championship game against West Noble that the Warriors lost 61-40.
“He is getting better each day, but I’m not sure yet where he will be by Friday” Yoder said.
Aspy is another player that concerns Beachy.
“He has gotten a lot stronger,” the coach said. “He beat us up on the inside last time. We need to do a better job on him and limit his opportunities for second-chance points.”