A strong defensive effort in the second quarter helped Fox Lane break open Thursday’s game against visiting Byram Hills and cruise to a 62-37 win.
The Foxes (12-1) took a 35-14 lead into halftime after outscoring the Bobcats 20-6 in the second quarter.
While this Fox Lane team has benefited from strong shooting all season, it was the Foxes’ defensive effort that proved to be the difference
“I think the most important thing is our defense,” said Fox Lane coach Chris Violante, whose team finished with 11 steals. “When we play five guys working together, boxing out, playing fundamentals, I think we do a lot of things well.”
Fox Lane’s James Morales finished with 17 points, four assists and three steals. Teammate Nicky Bonura added 11 points and four rebounds.
The win comes less than a week after the Foxes were nearly upset at home by Horace Greeley. Fox Lane ended up winning, 44-42.
“We wanted to make a statement, not for everyone, just for ourselves to show how good of a team we are,” Morales said. “We came out and did that today.”
Best of the rest: Sal Barbetto (16 points) hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give Clarkstown North a 45-42 win against visiting Suffern. … Isaiah Ward had 23 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in Palisade Prep’s 86-47 win at Children’s Village. … Jacob Berk scored 17 points in Blind Brook’s 64-50 win at Westlake. … Matt Franks had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in Rye Neck’s 53-45 win against visiting Valhalla. … Christian Conklin had 15 points in Albertus Magnus’ 57-54 win at Nyack. … Joe Nannariello had 19 points in Harrison’s 61-44 win against visiting Ossining. … Danny Cruz had 17 points in Kennedy’s 65-39 win at Lakeland. … Arjon Beqiri had 28 points in Sacred Heart’s 74-67 win over St. John’s Prep.