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Friday, February 23, 2007

High school career of MU bound point guard James Hett nearing end

from Staten Island Advance

Farrell defense nearly cooks powerful Rice
1-3-1 setup works for three quarters before Raiders start connecting

Friday, February 23, 2007


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Monsignor Farrell's 1-3-1 defense contained nationally ranked Rice for the better part of three quarters before the Raiders started connecting on their outside shots en route to beating the Lions 56-41 in a CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinal game Tuesday.
The Lions had 6-foot-8 Ryan Rossiter blockading the paint and guard James Hett up top. They were pinning their hopes on a poor shooting night from long range, and it worked until early in the fourth quarter.

"They have more weapons, are more athletic, and we have to play close to perfection to beat them," said Farrell coach Bob Besignano. "We couldn't let them inside and had to make sure they beat us on the perimeter."
With the exception of a short stretch in the second quarter, when Kemba Walker bulled his way through for a couple of layups, Rice settled for the long-range bombs that were usually off the mark.
It wasn't until Jeff Harris hit form the top of the key to tie the game at 37 that Rice got untracked from the outside.
"We wanted to make them shoot the ball and we were able to do that," said Hett. "They were confused on offense. Most opponents probably play man against them, and they don't see the 1-3-1. Maybe that will change. It's a disappointment to lose to them, because I go into every game expecting to win."
"We don't see a lot of the 1-3-1 acknowledged Rice coach Maurice Hicks. "They did a good job at it, and we didn't make shots we normally make. If you don't shoot well against it, you'll have problems, and Rossiter will grab the rebounds."

Hett needs eight points for 1,000 and will try to get it Sunday in a CHSAA Class AA Intersectional game against Archbishop Molloy at Holy Cross in Queens. A Farrell loss would mean the end of Hett's high school career.
"If I get it, I get it," said Hett after the Rice loss. "Hopefully, I'll get it out of the way early. Either way, I want to remember my last game (whenever it comes)."

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