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01/24/03 H.S. sideline report: R-H, Fairport game sold out

By Jeff DiVeronica, James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle

(January 24, 2003) — Don’t bother showing up for tonight’s Monroe County Division I boys basketball showdown between Fairport (7-1 league, 13-1 overall) and host Rush-Henrietta (8-1, 12-1).

The game sold out more than a week in advance. The R-H gym seats about 1,600.

Contrasting styles will clash tonight, as the Royal Comets try to avenge their only loss, a 41-39 setback Dec. 14. R-H, No. 2 in the Democrat and Chronicle’s large-school poll, likes to run. No. 4 Fairport is more comfortable in halfcourt sets and has been winning with defense, holding opponents to 42 points per game.

’’Obviously, we felt we didn’t play as well as we thought we could at Fairport, but their defense had something to do with that,’’ said R-H coach Chris Reed, whose club was 0-for-10 from 3-point land and just 5-for-11 from the free-throw line.

Despite 22 turnovers, the Red Raiders didn’t allow R-H to hurt them in transition. Their size -- 6-foot-7 Eric Snider, 6-5 Ryan McAdam and 6-6 reserves Corey Magee, a freshman, and Tyler Smith -- doesn’t stop them from retreating well.

’’We had played Gates Chili just before that and they torched us. Basically, it was a layup drill, so we made some adjustments,’’ Fairport coach Scott Fitch said.

The Red Raiders, who avenged their only loss Wednesday at Gates, win by committee. Snider (8.8 ppg) and point guard Adam Wale (9.1) are their top scorers. R-H is led by forwards Sheldon Brown (13), Alex Davis (12.1) and freshman Calvin Betts (11).

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