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Eli Jones said he was a little excited Thursday, and that began to build shortly after he opened his eyes in the morning.

Jones knew he would be on the court for Section V's most-hyped boys basketball game of the season so far, and felt ready to play by about 1:30.

Tip-off against Bishop Kearney was at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 03, 2013 EST
"Very excited," the Fairport senior forward said as he was still on the move after the game. "About eighth period, the guys were like, 'Let's go!' "

Fairport never let Bishop Kearney catch up, as the Red Raiders won this matchup of state-ranked teams, 59-45. The Red Raiders (8-0), No. 4 among the state's Class AA teams, left no doubt that they are the team to beat among the area's large schools for now.

Bishop Kearney's (2-3) formidable frontcourt was incomplete with 6-10 Syracuse University recruit Chinonso Obokoh on the bench. Obokoh has a foot injury.

The Kings, ranked 12th in the state, did have 6-9 sophomore and rising college recruit Thomas Bryant and a 6-10 forward in junior Godspower Ogide inside.

So it made all the sense left in the world that the Red Raiders attacked from the outside, and they were very good at it. Fairport made eight 3-pointers, six in the first half as it built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter.

"We haven't really shot it well this season," Fairport coach Scott Fitch said. "I don't think we killed it, there were some stretches that made it look like it was more than it was.

"To hit some early, to let us know that we were OK, was good."

Fairport senior guard Brian Sortino led all scorers with 18 points. Jones added 12 and Alex Doche 10 for the Red Raiders. Sortino and Doche each made two 3-pointers, while Tyler LePore scored all nine of his points from that range. "We needed to guard and we didn't," Bishop Kearney coach Jon Boon said. "They play as a team and we don't. That was addressed in the locker room after the game."

The Kings looked disjointed on offense. They did have three players score in double-figures with Bryant (13 points), senior point guard Antwoine Anderson (12) and senior forward Alvin English (11).

The Kings tried to get back into the game, but the closest they could get was 13 once in the third quarter and again early in the fourth.

"It's a big stepping stone for our team,'' Jones said. "Now we know what we are capable of doing against any kind of team, against any type of player.

"If you work hard like this group of guys, you can accomplish what you want. Last year, we lost in the first round of sectionals. All we did in the offseason was talk about keep improving, improving and improving." source(

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