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Downey became the first Red Raider to score 39 points in 30 years and also hit
six 3-pointers for Fairport.
“I know I can hit
them like that, but I wasn’t shooting well in warm-ups, and certainly wasn’t
expecting a performance like this,” said Downey, whose previous high was 28 in
a season-opening win over Wilson. “But I got in a flow early on and once I got
going, and people kept getting me the ball, I kept hitting them.”
Downey added 14 of
Fairport’s 22 points in the second quarter as the Red Raiders (4-1) took a
46-28 halftime lead. Downey, who got most of his points last year on
catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, drove through the St. Francis Prep (3-1) defense
for several lay-ups and mid-range jumpers in the first half.
impressive, especially against a team of that caliber,” Fairport coach Scott
Fitch said. “He hit his first (shot) and you could see in his emotions he was
on, and the rest is history.”
scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Brian Gebhardt added 10 assists
and had a tournament-record 19 over two games.
“I don’t know if
people would have picked us to win this tournament before hand, but when you
can win a tournament like this, it helps our confidence,” Fitch said.
George Slade holds
the Fairport record with 40 points during a game in 1977.
Downey 39, Mark Bruce 7, Brian Gebhardt 6, Kevin Borden 10, Tyler Launer 12,
Travis Condello 2, Sam Townsend 0, David Kozar 5, Zack Scribani 0, Mike
DeRusso 0, Scott Beaby 0, Brendan McCarthy 0, Marc Bertucci 0, Brandon Stevens
ST. FRANCIS PREP:
Darren Noisette 6, Keith Nandin 10, Billy Leckie 3, Mike Cavataio 42, John
Downey 6, Gebhardt, Borden, Bruce, Nandin 2, Leckie 3, Cavatio. Fouled out:
All-Tournament team: Brian Gebhardt (Fairport), Kevin Borden (Fairport), Mike
Cavataio (St. Francis Prep), Justin Young (Canisius), Chandler Williams
(McKinley). MVP: Downey.