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Trawick and Peretz Lead Fox Lane Past Harrison

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Fox Lane stud Will Trawick knows his team must play its best basketball with the postseason around the corner.

The Foxes’ 67-39 win against Harrison on Thursday kept them on that path.

“We’re not professional athletes. We can’t just turn it on at any point,” Trawick said. “So we’ve got to continue our momentum through the season and into the postseason.”

Trawick led the Foxes with 22 points while big man Dylan Peretz added 15. Harrison coach Gary Chiarella said the duo provides a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses.

“If you switch, you’re dead,” Chiarella said. “If you don’t switch, they go high and they go up over the top with Dylan, who’s 6’7”. We don’t have that. So it’s very tough to defend.”

Harrison stayed with Fox Lane for the better part of the first two quarters and trailed 14-11 after the first quarter and 29-21 at the break. But Fox Lane outscored Harrison 21-4 in the third quarter and the Huskies never got close again.

Chiarella said that the game went according to plan for the majority of the first half.

“I knew at the end of the first quarter if it was close, we would be able to stay with them,” Chiarella said. “You could tell at the end of the second quarter that, for some reason, the confidence level went down on our team.”

The game was part of the Dapper McDonald Classic Basketball Tournament. Fox Lane will play in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Harrison High School against the winner of the Port Chester-Woodlands matchup. Harrison will play the loser in the consolation game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Coby Lefkowitz led the Huskies with eight points. Ten different players scored at least two points for Harrison on Thursday.

Though Trawick and Peretz did the lion’s share of the scoring for the Foxes on Thursday, Fox Lane coach Chris Violante said his team can be even more lethal if his guards can put the ball in the basket, too.

“When our guards are shooting the ball, I think it makes it even more difficult to defend,” Violante said. “It makes me look good as a coach. When they make shots, I look good.”

Violante and so many other coaches in the area want their teams to play their best basketball at this time of year. The Fox Lane coach said his team is doing just that, particularly because his starters have not played much in the second half in recent games because the Foxes have built large leads.

“The score might not indicate how well we’re playing, but I’m very happy with us," he said. "I really am.”

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