State Fair got off to a quick start and held off Malcolm X for a 90-76 win on Saturday at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
Three-pointers by Ronnie Rouseau III and Joshua Bailey got the Roadrunners off to a quick start and after Malcolm X tied the game 6-6, SFCC went on a 20-2 run.
“We have a lot of shooters and we have people that can get to the rim whenever,” Bailey said. “When I’m on the wing, you either have to come to me or you have to come to our guards who can get to the rim whenever they want to.”
Clint Robinson opened the run with a hook shot and followed that with an old-fashioned 3-point play. After free throws from Rouseau and Bailey, William Jones was able to drive in for two and Craig McKenzie added a 3-pointer. Baskets from Willie Jimerson and Keari Brown and two more free throws by Rouseau capped off the run, making it 26-8.
After a couple of Malcolm X baskets, the Roadrunners added another 10-0 run on the strength of a pair of 3-pointers from Rouseau. By halftime, State Fair led 44-28.
“Guys just made shots,” said State Fair coach Kevin Thomas. “Offensively we’ve got a lot of guys that can score it and we were able to get some stuff going early on. Our biggest thing is defense. We struggle to guard. We struggled again (Saturday) at times. We’ve struggled throughout the season. If we can ever get to where we can guard and rebound, we’ll be really really good.”
Early in the second half, Malcolm X made a run, cutting the deficit to 49-39 with 16:57 left in the game, but State Fair once again pushed the lead, eventually getting the lead back to 20.
“I told our guys just to settle down,” Thomas said. “Our intensity wasn’t very good there at stretches and they were playing hard, trying to get back in the game. They’re scrappy. They made some plays.”
Bailey and Rouseau both went 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Rouseau finished with 29 points a day after scoring 33 in a 111-105 overtime win over Allen County on Friday. Bailey had 21. Robinson had 14 points and 16 rebounds. Jones had 11 points. Jimerson pulled down 10 rebounds.
State Fair (7-0) will travel to the Coffeyville Classic this coming weekend.