Mar 17 -- Class AA Semifinals
Bishop Maginn 68 - Fairport 63 - FINAL
By WILL SPRINGSTEAD,
Saturday, March 17, 2007 4:42 PM EDT
GLENS FALLS -- Bishop Maginn didn't have the lead until the third quarter.
When it finally did, it was no surprise who helped the Griffins get it in the
Penn State-bound Talor Battle hit his first of two 3-pointers to give Maginn a
29-28 lead early in the third quarter. By the end of the period, his name was
firmly etched into Fairport's collective mind.
Battle scored seven points and added three assists in the third, when Maginn
outscored Fairport 26-7, en route to a 68-63 Maginn victory in the Class AA
semifinal of the State Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Griffins (23-3) will play defending champion Mount Vernon in Sunday's
final at 2:45 p.m.
Fairport led 28-22 at halftime, when Maginn coach Richard Hurley had clearly
"I told them 'Let's start playing basketball,' " Hurley said. "We were stuck
in the mud. We stood around and watched one guy dribbling."
Hurley said he also talked to Battle about playing more as a point guard and
not worrying so much about getting his points. The end result was Battle
having five assists to go with his 12 points.
Maginn had a 48-35 lead after three quarters, but the Red Raiders (21-5)
outscored the Griffins 20-6 to regain the lead, 55-54, with 2:44 left. Terron
Victoria (11 points) hit a jumper just 17 seconds later to give Maginn the
lead for good.
From there, Maginn made 10 of 12 foul shots to secure the win. It finished 19
of 27 (70 percent)
"We've been at 59 percent (foul shooting) on the year," Hurley said. "We were
pretty good down the stretch. What do coaches say? Free throws and defense win
games. We're excited."
The Griffins had to shoot well from the charity stripe just to keep pace with
Fairport, which made 16 of 17 for 94 percent.
Fairport coach Scott Fitch was proud of how hard his team played.
"We're competitors," he said. "You never want this ride to end. I thought we
controlled the first half. In the third quarter our energy dipped a little
offensively and defensively."
With Fairport holding Battle well below his season average, the Griffins
needed others to step up, and they did, with four other players scoring in
double figures. Shimeek Johnson contributed 14 points and eight rebounds.
Taran Buie and Jalaun Taylor each scored 10 points.
"We don't really look at it as a starting five," Hurley said. "We've got seven
or eight guys we use regularly."
Kyle Downey scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Fairport, which
also got 19 points from Kevin Borden.