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Boys' basketball: Fairfax avoids upset against Palisades

January 28, 2009 |  9:22 pm

Heavily favored Fairfax is breathing a sigh of relief after Lance Bailey made a free throw in the closing seconds to give the Lions an 84-83 victory over Palisades in a Western League game Wednesday.

A Fairfax loss would have wrapped up the league title and likely the No. 1 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs for Westchester. Renardo Sidney scored 37 points and had 12 rebounds for Fairfax (16-3, 5-1), which was coming off an impressive victory over San Diego in a nationally televised game last week.

Solomon Hill added 18 points and Raymond Berry 14 for Fairfax.

In another Western League game, University defeated Hamilton, 83-76, with Alex Brooks scoring 24 points and David Nwaba getting 19 points and 15 rebounds. University is 19-5 and 5-2.

In the West Valley League, Taft improved to 17-2 and 5-0 with a 66-40 win over El Camino Real. Justin Hawkins scored 16 points and Michael Williams 15.

-- Eric Sondheimer