Hudson Valley Sports Report


Down 17 Early, Indians Win By 13

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – In its final game in the 31st annual Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament, Roy C. Ketcham High School wanted to leave its own gym with a win.

It wasn’t looking likely, however, as the Indians found themselves down 23-6 in the first quarter.

But in a remarkable blitzkrieg, RCK stunned Marlboro with a 30-point turnaround en route to a 63-50 victory on Saturday.

“We didn’t have a lot of energy at the beginning. Credit to the kids, they didn’t let that affect them throughout the whole game,” said Ketcham head coach Micahel Paino, whose team went on a 57-27 run to close out the game.

Marlboro’s defense held Brendan Cassidy to just eight points on two field goals – Cassidy had 54 points in the first two games – but it was the rest of the team that stepped up for the Indians.

Brothers Quentin and Phoenix Bowman combined for 27 of Ketcham’s points. It was Quentin who scored four quick points to give Ketcham its first lead of the game in the third quarter. The Indians were then in the middle of a 27-6 run.

“We played really hard, especially coming off of yesterday’s win. I think we wanted it a lot more today,” Quentin Bowman said.

“Quentin and Phoenix give you a lot of energy. Quentin is an annoying defender,” Paino said. “Phoenix is a dynamic, explosive kid. When he gets going, he gets a little confidence, and his game just takes off.”

Phoenix Bowman led the Indians with 18. Eighth-grader Owen Paino added 11 on three three-pointers and Quinten Bowman added nine.

Ketcham exits the tournament with a 2-5 record overall, with both wins coming in the tournament.

Korbyn Samuels led the way for Marlboro with 16 points. Samuels finishes the tournament averaging 17.7 points-per-game in the tournament.  Matt Drake finished with 12 points and CJ Faircloth had 11.

“Each game we had a great half. We have to learn how to put a full game together,” Marlboro head coach Mike Koehler said.

Marlboro leaves the tournament with a 5-3 record.

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