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Fairview 59, Lutheran West 56
By Robert Konstan staff
Friday, February 3, 2012

Lutheran West fell to host Fairview in what was billed by the Warrior faithful as “the game of the year” despite being in control of the game for the first 28 minutes. Foul trouble to junior big man Dan Hillenbrand and several poor possessions down the stretch did in the Longhorns, as Fairview came from behind to grab the win.
The last four minutes of the game would be the only time that the Longhorns did not play some of their best basketball against Fairview on Friday. Unfortunately it would cost them the game. From rebounding to sound offensive possessions, the Longhorns just could not get it done in those final minutes.
With Lutheran West up by six with just under four minutes to play and seemingly in control of the game, the demise came swiftly and suddenly. It started with an and-one drive by senior John Doherty, the Fairview Warrior’s point guard. To make matters worse, when he missed the free throw, LW failed to get the rebound instead allowing Fairview to regain possession and knock down a three-pointer. That five point possession put Lutheran West on its toes with 3:31 left in the game and now only up by one. The Longhorns and Warriors traded baskets until there was about 1 minute and 30 seconds left. Off of a blocked shot, Doherty flew down the court to another and-one finish that would give the Warriors their first lead of the quarter.
Although the Longhorns fought back with threes from sophomore Greg Kunze in the last 30 seconds, they were never to take the lead again.
Lutheran West played a better basketball game for the first three and a half quarters but failed to finish the game. They played controlled fast paced basketball with outstanding defensive pressure. However, the lack of control in the half court set in the final quarter did in the Longhorns as Fairview handed Lutheran West a very bitter defeat.
Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
Tue 1/10/12
L, 66-59
Fri 1/13/12
W, 68-65
Tue 1/17/12
L, 77-64
Fri 1/20/12
L, 68-64
Tue 1/24/12
L, 83-66
Fri 1/27/12
W, 83-58
Tue 1/31/12
L, 65-52
Fri 2/3/12
L, 59-56
Tue 2/7/12
L, 71-62
Fri 2/10/12
L, 82-69
Fri 2/17/12
L, 82-72
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