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Greeley Boys’ Basketball Team Drops a Pair to Nearby Rivals Byram Hills and Fox Lane

Varsity vs Byram Hills HS on 1/10/2012 6:15:00 PM
Posted Saturday, January 21, 2012 by Rich Klein and Brian Rosen
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by Rich Klein and Brian Rosen

In two highly competitive games, the Greeley Quakers played the Byram Hills Bobcats on Tuesday, January 10 and the Fox Lane Foxes on Friday, January 6, but came up short 58-54 and 74-64, respectively.

Road trip to Armonk ends in disappointment

On Tuesday, January 10, the Greeley Quakers traveled to Armonk to take on the Bobcats. Byram Hills took command early and, in the blink of an eye, raced out to a 10-0 lead on two three-pointers and a layup off an alley-oop pass. The Bobcats extended their lead to 16-2 before the Quakers steadied themselves with a layup by Harrison Brown. Then Brett Klein provided an immediate spark off the bench by taking a charge, and Greeley closed the first quarter with a three by Justin Ciero and a three-point play by Brown to narrow the gap to 18-10.

Greeley continued its comeback in the second quarter with Matt Xie, in his first game of the season after sustaining a pre-season injury, powering to the hoop for a layup and Klein nailing a three to cut the lead to five at 20-15. Ryan Lubarsky contributed to the surge, converting a fast break layup and two free throws, and the Greeley defense continued its intensity. Two consecutive steals led to easy points for the Quakers, one by Brown and another by Teddy Graves, bringing Greeley to within three points of the lead. At halftime, the Quakers were still down three, 30-27.

In the opening minute of the third quarter, a jumper by Ciero made it a one-point game, which energized the Greeley fans. But the Bobcats stormed back, going on an 8-0 run. Greeley regained control of the game with its own 16-2 run. After Connor Domershick hit a three, Josh Rosen converted a layup off a steal and then hit a three to tie the game with a minute and a half left in the third quarter. The Quakers closed the quarter on a high note, with Brown making a layup, Ciero nailing another three and Brown tipping in a shot off a missed jumper. Greeley led 45-40 at the end of the third period.

The final quarter started well for Greeley with Brown hitting a fast break layup and then two free throws, but then it unraveled for the Quakers. The Bobcats proceeded to go on an 11-0 run and regained the lead, 53-49. There was no quit in Greeley, though, as Brown made a free throw, a driving layup, and then two more free throws, and the Quakers only trailed by one, 55-54, with 1:30 remaining. The final dagger came on a Byram Hills three with under a minute left, resulting in the 58-54 win for the Bobcats.

Despite packed house at January 6 home game, Quakers go down in defeat

Friday night, January 6, before a packed house in the Greeley gym, the Quakers and the Foxes faced off in another rivalry game. Although Greeley started off strong and the game was close throughout, this time, it was just too much Trawick, Will Trawick, that is. The Fox Lane senior power forward hit jumpers, layups and did everything else necessary to secure the 10-point victory. Trawick scored 37 points shooting 19 for 23 from the field.

Rich Klein is the father of Brett Klein, a senior player, and Brian Rosen is the father of Josh Rosen, a senior player, on the 2011-12 Greeley Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team.

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