Griffin boys look to bounce back against Knights

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

February 13, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Central boys’ (17-7, 7-2) basketball team will play in its final regular season game tonight, when they host the Knight of North Central (6-10, 2-7).

Nine Griffin players will be celebrating their Senior Night and be recognized for their contributions by coaches, fans, administration and family. Fairfield’s seniors include Keith Workman, Jayln Davis, Daniel Maple, Victor Alston, Chanti Jones, Tavaris Cook, Javahnne Neal, Javaris Cook and Jamil Thompson.

Fairfield Central head coach Devin Liferidge has enjoyed coaching the 2014 senior class and said Senior Night will be a bittersweet moment for him.

“We have a really good senior group,” he said. “”We’re excited for them, but we’re not excited to see them go. They’re a really good group of kids that work hard in the classroom.”

Workman, Davis, Maple, Alston and Jones are five players who will be especially missed, because they have been playing on the varsity level for Liferidge’s full three-year tenure at Fairfield Central. He noted he has been able to build quality relationship with them and said it would be tough seeing them go

“They represent us very well and are a pleasure to be around and coach,” Liferidge stated. “It’s a tough situation to see them go but we wish them all the best and hopefully they’ll continue to represent us well after they graduate.”

North Central is not a playoff team, but averages 57 points per game. The Griffins defeated the Knights 59-40 on Jan. 24. North Central is the only team that held the Griffins below 66 points in the past eight contests. In fact, Fairfield has scored at least 75 points in six of the last seven games. Fairfield averages 63 points per game.

Tonight’s game will be the final tune-up for the Griffins, before starting the AA state playoffs next week. The Griffins are coming off a five-point loss to Region III-AA champs Keenan, 82-77 just a week ago.

Despite being favored against North Central, Liferidge believes that lose will keep his players motivated in the final game of the season.

“I’m sure we’ll be ready,” he said. “Our guys are ready to get back on the court and prove themselves again. We just don’t want any let downs and want to clicking on all cylinders heading into the first round of the playoffs.”

Fairfield’s prospective match-up for the first round of the playoffs is Chesterfield at Fairfield Central. Liferidge said the loss against Keenan gives his players a chance to refocus before going into the state tournament.

“I’m a basketball coach and my job is to keep them motivated,” he noted. “We still have some things we have to prove and we need to be hungry and will be one game away from our season being over.”

At press time, the North Central game will be rescheduled for eithe Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 due to inclement weather. For the most up to date information visit www.fairfield.k12.sc.us or The Herald Independent’s Facebook page.