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H.S. sideline report: Fairport, R-H ready for big game


(January 9, 2004) — Tempo is everything.

That’s what Fairport coach Scott Fitch and Rush-Henrietta’s Chris Reed say about tonight’s Monroe County boys basketball showdown with first place in Division I on the line. Advance tickets are being sold all day at the Fairport athletic office.

“Our guards have to show poise because (R-H is) going to push the pace,” Fitch said.

The Royal Comets (4-0 league, 7-0 overall), in turn, will have to contend with Fairport’s huge frontline of 6-foot-7 Tyler Smith, 6-7 Cory Magee and 6-4 Ryan McAdam. They each average 13 points for the balanced Red Raiders (4-0, 7-1), whose only loss was by one point to McQuaid.

R-H counters with All-Greater Rochester forward Calvin Betts, who is 6-4, and 6-8 Joe Sargent.

“How well we shoot the ball and how well we can defend them in the paint will be keys,’’ said Reed, whose team lost 41-39 at Fairport last year after winning the first meeting, 69-58.

He thinks transition baskets might be hard to come by because Fairport “gets back on defense better than anyone we play,” Reed said. “And they don’t make many mistakes.”