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Boys basketball: McQuaid edges Fairport

Charge erases potential winning basket by Red Raiders

Staff Report

(December 28, 2003) — FAIRPORT — McQuaid has found a number of different ways to win basketball games over the past few years.

It discovered a new one Saturday: Defense.

Oliver Wesselhoft took a charge that erased a potential Fairport winning basket as the Knights escaped the championship game of the Fairport Holiday Tournament with a 56-55 win.

Wesselhoft stepped in front of a driving Ryan McAdam with six seconds left, helping McQuaid fend off a late Fairport rally.

“This was the first time in a long time that we came up with a big defensive play that ended up being the deciding play in the game,” said McQuaid coach Joe Marchese. “It was a great effort on (Wesselhoft’s) part to stand in and take the charge.”

Jack Leasure hit a 3-pointer with 3:30 left to give McQuaid (7-2) an 11-point lead, but Fairport (6-1) rallied as McAdam and Erik Johnson combined for 12 fourth-quarter points.

“In some ways we felt like we kind of held on for dear life,” said Marchese, whose team has not lost to a Section V opponent since Jan. 15, 2002.

Fairport coach Scott Fitch said the game was typical of the games the two schools have played over the years.

“I think the Fairport-McQuaid rivalry has always been like this,” Fitch said. “We scrimmaged them last year and even that was a battle.”

Jack Leasure scored 22 points to lead the Knights.

Marchese said the win shows that McQuaid remains one of the elite area teams.

“Fairport is a quality team and this re-establishes ourselves in Section V,” he said. “I think a lot of people thought we were going to be down this year.”

MCQUAID: Jack Leasure 22, Jim O’Sullivan 15, Oliver Wesselhoft 6, Andrew Struble 8, Cory O’Neil 0, Matt Schwalm 0, David Christian 0, Steve Whelan 0, Obika Ikpeze 1, Mike Riley 4.

FAIRPORT: Ryan McAdam 15, Cory McGee 6, Tyler Smith 6, Erik Johnson 14, Brett Havens 14, Joe DiPrena 0, Kenny Cook 0, Lee Wilson 0.

3-pointers: Havens 4, O’Sullivan 3, Leasure 3, Johnson 3, McAdam. Fouled out: Struble.