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01/21/03 Fairport holds off Edison by a point

Democrat and Chronicle

(January 21, 2003) — On Dec. 5, Fairport held Edison scoreless the final 10 minutes and won by 11 points.

Monday’s matchup during the Martin Luther King Classic at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial was quite different, yet yielded the same -- but a lot more dramatic -- result.

Fairport nipped Edison 44-43, narrowly avoiding the upset when a 16-foot jump shot by Edison’s Kenny Davis hung on the front rim and fell out of the cylinder. The Red Raiders (12-1) are ranked fourth in the Democrat and Chronicle’s large-schools coaches’ poll. Edison fell to 2-11.

’’I guess they made us win ugly,’’ Fairport coach Scott Fitch said. ‘’The big problem was just getting used to their quickness. Every time you put it on the floor someone’s ripping the ball from you.’’

Junior guard Brett Havens scored a team-high 13 points, including three 3-pointers. His jumper from the right wing gave Fairport a 44-43 lead with 1:02 left to play. A 3-pointer by Davis, who had 16 points, and two free throws by Jeff Williams with three minutes left had given Edison a 43-42 advantage.