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Regional rematch for Falls, Fairport

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Usually when basketball teams advance to the Far West Regionals, coaches are scrambling around for game tapes as they try to scout their opponents in just a matter of days.

Niagara Falls and Fairport don't have that problem.

The Class AA teams met last Dec. 10, with Falls winning, 52-50, at Niagara University. That's the only loss for Fairport (21-1), which meets the Wolverines (19-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State.

Falls knows all about Fairport's inside-outside combo of 6-foot-2 guard Corey McAdam (18 points per game, nine rebounds per game) and 6-7 forward Cory Magee (18 ppg, 16 rpg), who has signed with Canisius College.

The Red Raiders also boast 6-5 forward in Kelly Condello (11 ppg). Kyle Downey, a 5-11 sophomore and younger brother of Canisius College senior Kevin Downey, came off the bench to hit six three-pointers in Fairport's 66-58 victory over Greece-Athena Wednesday for the Section VI overall Class AA title.

Fairport has held teams to an average of 51 points per game. Niagara Falls has prided itself on defense during runs to the final four the last two years and held Jamestown to 12 points at halftime of its 80-44 rout in the sectional final. Hot-shooting junior guard Jonathan Flynn, who had 22 points against Fairport, has had totals of 38, 37 and 26 in the playoffs.

The regionals, in which the winners earn trips to next weekend's state final four in Glens Falls, are hosted by Buffalo State and begin tonight with the Class D (6 p.m.) and A (7:30) games. Saturday's early session includes the Class C (1 p.m.) and B (2:45) games. Admission is $5.

Class A: Sweet Home (19-5), led by senior guard Quentin Hudson and big guys Daniel Joseph (6-7) and Glenroy Carr (6-6), takes on a Wilson Magnet (18-6) team which is without one of its best players. Senior and four-year player Robert Parks is out for the game after having his appendix removed.

Class B: Lackawanna (23-1), which has spent the season near the top of the state poll, faces hot Penn Yan (13-10), which goes 6-6 and 6-7 up front and has several three-point threats.

Class C: Randolph (19-5) will shoot for its second final four trip in three seasons against stingy Campbell-Savona (21-3), which has held opponents to 39 points per game.

Class D: Clymer (19-3) faces C.G. Finney (22-3), a private Christian school from Penfield.