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Fox Lane Holds Off Greeley Rally

Varsity vs Fox Lane HS on 2/1/2012 4:30:00 PM
Posted Friday, February 03, 2012 by Journal News

After tracking down info on and attending football a couple signings today (more on that in a bit), I squeezed in a basketball game up at Fox Lane. And, boy, was I happy I did.

Fox Lane beat Horace Greeley 63-60 when the Quakers missed a last-second shot to tie. I can’t safely say this was a game that once never seemed destined for that kind of finish.

The Foxes led 22-9 after a hot-shooting first quarter led by the 3-point accuracy of Ben Korren and Robbie Shilstone. But Greeley stormed back to cut it to four at the half. The Quakers then fell behind by nine early in the final period and seemed destined to let the game slip, but Josh Rosen and Connor Domershick did their best Korren and Shilstone impression. They duo combined for four 3-pointers in the final three minutes, including two by Domerchick in the final minute. Both shots cut it to one, but Fox Lane persevered thanks to sophomore James Morales. He went 4 for 4 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds.

“Early on in the year, we were trying to figure out whether we should bring him up or not,” Fox Lane coach Chris Violante said of Morales. “Looking back on it how, I think we made the right decision. He’s played well all year.”

The Foxes needed a little luck as well. They survived a scare with under 30 seconds to play when Justin Ciero’s runner went about half way down before spinning out and falling into the hands of Dylan Peretz. Even so, the Quakers still ended up with a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would’ve tied the game if it fell.

Peretz had a game-high 19 points. Will Trawick added 15. Harrison Brown scored 16 to lead Greeley with Domershick adding 14 and Rosen 13.

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