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Published: December 10, 2005 11:58 pm

Wolverines clip Fairport 52-50 at the Cataract Classic

The Niagara Falls boys basketball team got its biggest scare in a long time, but managed to squeek out a 52-50 win over Fairport of Section V in the finale of the Cataract Classic.

“That was scary,” NFHS junior guard Johnny Flynn said following the contest.

With just under 30 seconds remaining and constant shadowing on Flynn, Niagara Falls turned to Kendall Davis for a baseline jumper that came off the rim and back into his hands when he went back up and drew a foul. Davis went to the line and hit both free throws to give the Wolverines a 50-48 lead.

The Red Raiders then turned the ball over and were forced to foul Flynn, who knocked downed a pair of free throws to seal the deal despite a tip-in at the buzzer from Fairport’s Cory Magee.

“Kendall really showed his leadership on that rebound,” Flynn said. “He won’t quit — he could’ve moped down the court, but that just shows the fight in him.”

Flynn had 22 points and earned MVP honors despite constant pressure and numerous defenses designed to slow him down.

“They did a good job defensively,” Flynn said. “They played a triangle and one on me so I had to work hard.”

Also stepping up for the Wolverines was Tyrell Lynch with 11 points, seven rebounds and six blocks. Rahshon Tabb added eight points and eight rebounds and Davis chipped in with six points and four assists.

The Red Raiders were led by their triple threat of Corey McAdam, Cory Magee and Travis Condello.

McAdam — who earned MVP honors for Fairport — led the way with 21 points while Magee added 16 points and six rebounds. Condello chipped in with 10 points.

“They (Fairport) really played together. You knew the chemistry was there for them, but my teammates stepped up tonight,” said Flynn.