(December 9, 2006) — SYRACUSE — Fairport got an earful from its coach, Scott
Fitch, early on Friday night at Henninger High School.
"You're not ready. Come on!" he yelled in the huddle after the first quarter,
when his squad trailed 19-10 against one of the Syracuse area's top teams.
The Red Raiders woke up, all right.
Over the final three quarters they used the type of relentless defense and
execution that Section V opponents have grown accustomed to but lost, 58-56,
as their comeback fell just short.
Senior center Tyler Launer had a chance to tie it in the final seconds, but
his eight-foot baseline jump shot, after a good drive-and-dish by Brian
Gebhardt, back-rimmed out as time expired.
"The kids executed great and Ty took a good stroke. It wasn't one of those
pull-the-string (shots), where it's short. That's why I told him good job.
Sometimes it just doesn't drop," said Fitch, whose club inbounded the ball
with 13 seconds left and three-quarter of the court to go, but still got a
"Way too good of a look," said Henninger coach Erik Saroney, whose club made a
point to defend the 3-point line and Fairport sharpshooter, Kyle Downey.
JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer
Fairport's Tyler Launer, front, is in position for the rebound, but
Henninger's 7-foot center, Ben Cronin, has the reach advantage.