Democrat and Chronicle
(February 11, 2003) — HENRIETTA — Steve Earl and his Batavia basketball
teammates heard the snickers.
“Even kids at our own school have been saying we’ve beaten a bunch of scrub
teams, that we haven’t beaten a good team,” the senior guard said.
Expect those doubters to be pretty quiet today at school, Steve.
Batavia beat defensive-minded Fairport at its own game Monday night, holding
the offensively challenged Red Raiders to just 10 points in the second half
en route to a 58-38 victory in a first-round Monroe County Tournament game
at Rush-Henrietta High.
The Blue Devils (18-1), ranked fourth in the Democrat and Chronicle’s
large-schools coaches’ poll, play No. 2 Rush-Henrietta (18-1) in Wednesday’s
8 p.m. championship at R-H. No. 3 Fairport (16-3) plays No. 4 Greece Athena
(15-4) in the 5:30 p.m. consolation.
Batavia’s top scorer, Phillip Santiago (20.4 points per game), scored 10 of
his 17 points in the first 12 minutes. But the senior swingman got into a
bit of foul trouble and it was Earl, forward Greg Frieday (six points, eight
assists) and guard Russell Phillips (eight points) who threw the Blue
Devils’ knockout punch. Earl (five steals) scored nine points during a
six-minute stretch that upped the lead from 37-32 to 48-38.
Fairport’s Adam Wale can’t break through the defense of Mike Chmielowiec,
left, and Steve Earl in a first-round Monroe County Tournament game at
Rush-Henrietta. Batavia held the Red Raiders to just 10 points in the second
half and scored a 58-38 victory.