Cusac-McKay leads Knights past Falcons

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Fieldcrest and Flanagan-Cornell tangle in HOIC play

    Things were looking rather pleasant for Fieldcrest after the first quarter of its Heart of Illinois Conference boys’ basketball with Flanagan-Cornell Friday night. The Knights had a double-digit lead with one player scoring more than the entire Falcons’ team in the those first eight minutes.
    But Fieldcrest was forced to fend off the inevitable challenge by the visitors to forge a 69-59 victory.
    Jaxon Cusac-McKay got the Knights going with 11 first-quarter points in helping Fieldcrest tally 21 points in the period. The Falcons could muster just nine points in falling behind by a dozen.
    Fouls were an issue, and Fieldcrest was able to limit FCHS to a two-point slice off the margin in the second by making seven charity tosses and four field goals, including a 3-pointer from Ryan Naas.
    The Falcons received a couple Drew Eckhoff triples and three Karson Kimpling baskets while scoring 18 points to trail 37-27 at the break.
    Flanagan-Cornell outscored the Knights 12-9 in the third period to trail 46-39 entering the last stanza on a bit of a roll.
    Fieldcrest was able to keep enough ahead to force FCHS into fouling, and the Knights were able to take advantage of the situation by hitting 14 of 19 to secure the win.
    Cusac-McKay finished with 24 points to pace Fieldcrest. Derek May chipped in 13 points while Hayden Carls and Garrett Nix contributed 10 points apiece. Naas had 8 and Matt Lorton scored 4.
    Jeremy Durdan, who scored three points in each of the first three quarters for Flanagan-Cornell (5-3), finished with 21 to pace the Falcons. Kimpling added 12 points with Tyler Harms chipping in 10 and Eckhoff chalking up 8 points. Isaac Weber finished with 4 points while Kam Tower and Braden Wallace had 2 points each.