Jarett Haines was one of the guys on the floor of last season’s Section 1 Class AA quarterfinal loss to Fox Lane. It wasn’t just a loss either, the Foxes took New Rochelle to the woodshed in 2016, winning the game by 33 points.
“All we’ve been thinking about is revenge against Fox Lane,” Haines said. “After losing that game and not making the County Center, I told my teammates we needed to work harder in practice all year because it’ll show in the game.”
Haines didn’t just show leadership off the court though, the senior point guard did it on the court as well. On Friday evening, New Rochelle, playing at home, got its revenge in a 59-33 victory over Fox Lane behind 16 points and six assists from Haines, and a three-point barrage from nearly everyone. The Huguenots knocked down nine 3-pointers overall in the victory.
New Rochelle will face rival Mount Vernon for the third time this season in the Section 1 Class AA semifinals at the Westchester County Center on Friday. The time is to be determined due to security concerns.
“After the feeling we had losing like that on their home floor last year, we wanted to return the favor to them,” senior guard Jake Armiento said. “We were all just locked in today. If we shoot well and our defense is there, we know we’ll win.”
New Rochelle was in control through the first half with a 24-16 lead, but Armiento helped spur a nice run for the Huguenots to create even more separation. He scored six in a row including a tough basket and free throw and then a knocked down a 3-pointer of his own to put New Rochelle up 32-18. He scored all eight of his points in the third. The run continued after that as the Huguenots built a 38-18 lead after three quarters.
Fox Lane, to its credit, woke up a bit to start the fourth quarter as Will Meyers knocked down three straight 3-pointers, the only treys of the game for the Foxes. The third one cut the deficit to 40-27 and a Nick Rosati 3-point attempt went halfway down before rattling out with six minutes to play that would have cut the New Rochelle lead to just 10.
Instead, Haines took over.
After driving and dishing for most of the middle quarters, Haines got to the basket himself to help settle New Rochelle down. After the Rosati miss he got to the rim again for a finish and then had a steal at half court and an easy lay-up to put New Rochelle back up 44-27.
“That’s not the first time he’s done something like that, so we’re not surprised,” Armiento said with a grin. “He’s not just a great player, but a great leader. That’s what he does, he steps up.”
Meyers finished with 10 points. Preston McKenney added eight points and seven rebounds for the Foxes. Tyeshon Martin added nine points for New Rochelle including a pair of 3-pointers. Matt Long chipped in with five points and six rebounds.
Now, the Huguenots can prepare for Mount Vernon.
“We’ve been thinking about this our whole lives with Junior Huguenots and middle school and stuff,” Armiento said. “I’ve dreamed about this and now it’s coming next week. We know how they are and they know how we are. We just have to play.”