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Fox Lane Rebounds with Win Against Blind Brook

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Fox Lane knew it needed to rebound with a win after Friday night’s emotional loss to Byram Hills. It accomplished that mission with a 47-26 home victory against Class B Blind Brook on Tuesday.

“We talked about not having a letdown even though Blind Brook is a little bit of a smaller school,” Fox Lane coach Chris Violante said. “They shoot the ball well, which scared me.”

The Trojans (10-2) did not live up to that expectation on Tuesday, thanks in part to Fox Lane’s strong defense. Blind Brook missed shot after shot and could not overcome a six-point halftime deficit.

The Foxes (8-2) did not light up the scoreboard, either. Fox Lane shot just 9-for-27 in the first half, then found its rhythm in the third quarter. But, like Friday against Byram Hills, Fox Lane's offense went cold in the fourth quarter. Fox Lane had already built a 39-20 lead at the end of the third quarter, so the lack of offense did not cost too dearly.

Blind Brook coach Mike Welsh said he and his team knew they would be in for a challenge on Tuesday. He added that they could not afford to miss shots against the Foxes and that shooting 26 percent “isn’t going to get you anywhere close to a win.”

Welsh also addressed Fox Lane's defense.

“We’re a Class B team that was a Class C team two years ago,” Welsh said. “When you play a team like this, the intensity level on defense is different and our guys just couldn’t adjust to it.”

The two tallest and largest players on the court, Fox Lane’s Dylan Peretz and Blind Brook’s Brennan Schaenman, matched up against each other and led their respective teams in scoring. Peretz led all scorers with 12 point while Schaenman had 11.

After the game, Violante praised Peretz’s defensive effort in keeping the 6’7” Trojan in check.

Two other players scored in double digits for the Foxes. Will Trawick and Ben Korren each added 11 points and the latter hit three three-pointers. Violante said he is pleased when his team spreads the wealth.

“We love that. We love the balance,” Violante said. “We don’t want one guy to score 30 and everybody else to score six (because then) we’re easy to defend.”

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