FOX — In the world of Class B basketball, nothing comes easy for a team who starts the season undefeated.

FOX — In the world of Class B basketball, nothing comes easy for a team who starts the season undefeated.

Friday night was a lesson the Fox Foxes won’t soon forget, as they managed to stave off a strong challenge from the Springer Cardinals 54-44, in a game which saw multiple technical fouls called, along with plenty of physical play.

The victory moved the Foxes to 6-0 on the season, while the Cardinals fell to 7-3.

Just when it looked like the Springer Cardinals had momentum after coming back from a 13-4 first quarter deficit to close the first half down 21-19, the Foxes responded.

Fox scored the first nine points of the second half before Springer got its first basket, taking what was a slim two-point advantage, and turning it into an 11-point lead with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter.

“It killed us, and it really hurt,” Springer coach Caleb Fulton said about the third quarter run by Fox. “We had some guys in foul trouble as well and we couldn’t get them in the game. Ultimately though we need to step up to the challenge and perform and just play better. We’ve got to make shots, rebound and make our free throws. That was the biggest difference for us.”

Leading by 12 points at the end of the third quarter, Fox was able to run its fast-paced offense while slowing the game down when necessary.

The end result was a sixth straight victory to open the season, along with having three players score in double figures. 

“I told the kids all night that they (Springer) was going to make a run on us,” Fox coach Erik Yeiser said. “For us it’s all about keeping our composure out there. We did what we were supposed to be out there and it worked out for us.” 

“Coming into this season we had these same three kids averaging double figures for us,” Yeiser added. “There’s not many teams that can shut down three players who are scoring in double figures each game. It’s just something that makes us a very good team right now.”

Sophomore David Martin led the Foxes with 17 points, with Drew Martin scoring 16 points. 

Jacob Dart scored 11 points for the Foxes.

Springer was led by Malik Brown with 21 points to lead all scorers, with Jacob Perry adding 12 points in the contest.

Both of these teams will return to action following the Christmas break on Jan. 4 at the South Central Conference tournament.