Fairport's title dreams dashed

Tough shooting day dooms Raiders to state final loss

Binghamton, NY - Saturday, Fairport jumped in front 11-0 and never looked back. 

Sunday, the Red Raiders fell behind 12-4 and never caught up. 

They got close a couple of times, but ended up losing 59-48 to Mt. Vernon in the Class AA state final at Binghamton's Floyd Maines Arena. 

It was the 11th state title for Knights, extending their own state record. 

The Raiders missed 17 of 21 three pointers. Cam Keeley went 3 of 8 from deep, but the rest of the team was 1 for 13. 

"It just didn't seem like the ball bounced our way," Fairport coach Scott Fitch said. "It felt like a number of their shots bounced around and went in and ours were half in and went out."

Jason Douglas-Stanley paced Mt. Vernon with 16 points. Noah Morgan had 14 points and nine boards. 

Ryan Algier was the best scorer on either team with 19 points. Keeley added 12 points and senior Dan Masino scored 11 points with ten boards in his final game, but turned it over six times. 

Fairport trailed by ten after the first quarter, but a 16-8 semi-run cut the deficit to 27-25 with two minutes to play in the half. 

However, Mt. Vernon got the final seven points of the second quarter and had the lead up to nine at the half. 

Like the second quarter, the Raiders were strong in the first six minutes of the third and got within 39-35. 

And just like the second quarter, the Knights finished with third with a flurry. Mt. Vernon's 9-4 run made it 48-39 after three. 

The Knights pushed the lead to double digits early in the fourth and never gave Fairport a chance. The Raiders spent much of the quarter not helping their cause by tacking on the total of missed three pointers. 

"It's a little surreal. This is a team that just enjoy being around so you don't want it to end," Fitch said. "Its always hard in the last game when you lose it, but I'm so proud of them. It's a team I'm not going to forget and I'll be lifelong friends with all of them. It's a special group."

Fairport finishes their season at 23-2, still searching for the school's first basketball state champion. 

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