BEDFORD, N.Y. The much-anticipated and recently rescheduled rematch between Byram Hills and Fox Lane will finally get underway Friday night, barring any unforeseen complications.
And the Foxes are eager to get a second chance to beat the Bobcats.
The two teams squared off early in the season and the game was tied at 37 with about four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Byram Hills then pulled away behind the superb guard play of Jeff Lynch and Andrew Maloney. The Bobcats earned the win and the Foxes have wanted a shot at revenge ever since.
But Fox Lane coach Chris Violante knows victory will not come easily when his team hosts the Bobcats.
Its going to be a war, Violante said. Its two good teams. Were excited and Im sure theyre equally excited.
The two teams have been in the same league for years, and Fridays game will have plenty of league implications. The Bobcats are undefeated in league play, while the Foxes have just one league loss to, who else, Byram Hills.
The rematch was supposed to take place Jan. 4 , but only one official showed up to the game and the coaches decided not to play. But Violante said the waiting has not affected his players.
Theyve been great. We dont look by anybody, Violante said Thursday. We had Rye on Tuesday, whos very good. We had Port Chester today.
Fox Lane took care of business Thursday with a 70-42 victory over winless Port Chester. And now that the rematch is finally upon them, the Foxes can turn their undivided attention to dealing some payback to Byram Hills.
Theres no doubt about it. Now that Port Chesters out of the way, were definitely excited, Violante said. No doubt about it. Weve been focused. We had some good senior leaders and they do a good job of buying it. Were ready. I think were ready.
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