Hudson Valley Sports Report

2020 LEAGUE CHAMP RCK STARTS 2021 IN STYLE

Indians Dominate Archrival John Jay In Boys Opener

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Last season, the Roy C. Ketcham High School boys basketball team overcame a horrid 0-5 start to make history – the first league championship for the Indians in 25 years.

This year, despite the delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the state waffling on when to bring back so-called high-risk sports, RCK started the truncated season like it was last February, when it won 12 of its last 15 regular-season games.

The Indians scored 13 of the game’s first 14 points and never looked back in a convincing 69-46 victory over archrival John Jay on Monday.

It was the opener for both teams.

Junior Gabe Bristow had a game-high 20 points and seven rebounds for Ketcham, validating a preseason promise to head coach Mike Paino.

“Gabe was a role player for us last year when we had nine seniors,” Paino said, “and he came to me and said he wanted to be more involved this year. He came out and played like a different person. He is only a junior but he wants to make sure in his last two years that everybody knows who he is. He did all the hard work to prepare himself for this.”

Ketcham’s Vashaun Wallace had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Xavier Kolhosser also had 14 points and added six rebounds.

John Jay was led by Malaki Smith with 12 points and Wesley Fulcher with 10 points in Rob Seipp’s debut as head coach.

This one was almost over before it began. Ketcham had leads of 13-1 to start the game and led 20-6 after the first quarter.

“We were running our sets really crisply,” Paino said. “Our kids played really well. They established the defensive intensity we were looking for, we got out and ran, our guards rebounded well, and when you can have fun like that it makes for good basketball.”

Paino said he was surprised to see his team, or any team, be that sharp given the circumstances.

“I like our starting five,” Paino said. “I think Poughkeepsie and Lourdes are probably the favorite, the two top teams. Arlington will be good, so will John Jay.”

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