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12/13/03 - Fairport's frontcourt dominates Brockport

Democrat and Chronicle

By James Johnson
Staff writer

(December 13, 2003) — BROCKPORT — A cluster of Fairport fans chanted “We have Cory,’’ as in Magee, a 6-foot-7 forward on the boys basketball team.

Magee however, is not a one-man show. The sophomore is the baby among Fairport’s bunch of tall frontcourt players, who led the Red Raiders to a 49-31 win Friday night at Brockport in a Monroe County Division I game.

Tyler Smith, a 6-7 center, 6-4 forward Ryan McAdam and Magee each scored 12 points for the Red Raiders (2-0 league, 3-0 overall).

“I don’t know if our height gives us an advantage,” said Smith, a senior. “But having as many talented players that we have, we’re hard to defend.

“We all can do anything we want.”

It wasn’t a picture-perfect scoring performance by Fairport, a sectional runner-up last season, but the Red Raiders know how to make an offense look ugly.

“That’s what we’re known for,” Magee said. “That’s what we do.

JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer
Sophomore forward Cory Magee dunks against host Brockport for two of his 12 points in Fairport’s 49-31 victory Friday in a Monroe County League game.

“I’m just trying to fill in and perform my role, score if I need to, get as many rebounds as I can and play tough defense.”

Brockport junior Anthony Rogers scored a game-high 13 points, but was the only Blue Devil to reach double figures. The Blue Devils fall to 1-2, 3-2, despite committing just 12 turnovers.

“We had to battle to rebound,” Brockport coach Charles Hage said. “A lot of that had to do with their size.

“Our defense was great, but Fairport played great defense too. They are big, but they are athletic too.”

Fairport took control as it outscored Brockport 10-3 during a five-minute span that bridged the first two quarters. McAdam, a senior, scored six points during the run.

The Red Raiders then began a 19-2 run that lasted from the final minutes of the first half to the middle of the third quarter.



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