Senior guard Donte McFrazier scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half as Fairfax overcame an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to escape with a 75-69 victory over host Palisades in a Western League showdown Friday night.
Raymond Barry had 20 points and Jordan Weathers added 15 for the Lions, who trailed 69-68 with under two minutes left. Fairfax barely managed to avoid its second consecutive league defeat, having lost by 33 points to Westchester on Wednesday.
"This was a good bounce back game for us," said McFrazier, who scored 11 points in the fourth quarter alone. "My team needed a lift and I was going to give us whatever we needed. Everyone stepped up big. We have a lot of heart and it showed tonight."
Palisades (13-5, 2-1) opened the fourth quarter with a 8-0 run to build a 61-53 lead. Fairfax crept to within two baskets before Garrett Nevels' fourth three-pointer put the Dolphins in front 64-57 with 4:12 remaining.
The Lions took a 71-69 lead with 1:01 left. Barry made four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win for Fairfax (10-6, 3-1), ranked No. 12 in the Southland by The Times.
"We played well in spurts but we didn't finish the job," Palisades Coach James Paleno said. "They played harder. They wanted it more than we did."
-- Steve Galluzzo