Game one in the head coaching career for Fairfield head coach Josh Howland was one to remember on Friday night as he and the Fairfield Lions won their season opener at Manchester by a 73-48 score.

The Lions won their Southern Hills Athletic Conference game by having two quarters of 20 or more points.

At the end of the first frame, the Lions (1-0) trailed by a 11-10 score over Manchester, and by the time halftime rolled around the Lions gained the lead at 30-23 as they scored 20 points in the second, while holding the Greyhounds to 12 points.



In the third, the Lions added 26 points to their total, while Manchester (0-1) scored 12 points for a 56-35 lead. In the fourth frame, FHS added 17 more points to their total and the Greyhounds added 13 points in the final eight minutes.

Fairfield was led in scoring by Sam Buddelmeyer with 23 points, scoring 13 of those points in the fourth quarter alone. In that eight-minute span, he had four two-point baskets and went 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. For the entire game, he scored nine two-point baskets and made his aforementioned five free throws.

Next for the Lions was Tucker Ayres with 19 points. He finished with six two-point baskets, one 3-pointer and finished 4-of-5 in his free throw shooting.

James Bentley totaled 13 points in the victory. He had six two-point field goals and was 1-of-2 from the free-throw line.

The Lions also had seven points by Cody Gragg, five points by Wyatt Willey (one 3-pointer), four points from Austin Setty and two points by Quinton Beatty.

In all, the Lions had 28 two-point field goals, two 3-pointers and were 11-of-17 from the free-throw line.

Next for Fairfield is a game at the Southern State Patriot Center at the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic (in Hillsboro) on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. when they face the East Clinton Astros in non-conference play.