Hudson Valley Sports Report

PHOTO GALLERY: BRISTOW, KETCHAM UPSET POUGHKEEPSIE

Indians Stronger In OT To Hand Pioneers First Loss

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The Roy C. Ketcham High School boys basketball team probably hasn’t beaten Poughkeepsie in 20-plus years, and there are a couple of reasons for that.

One, the Pioneers were, and remain, a top-flight program while the Indians have been up and down.

Two, when Section 1 went with leagues that were less geographical and more in tune with the enrollment size of the respective schools, Ketcham and Poughkeepsie were separated and met sporadically in such events as the annual Holiday Tournament.

This year, because of the pandemic, the two schools are back in the same league and Ketcham was looking for years of revenge.

And Gabe Bristow delivered it.

With a career-high 25 points and several clutch three-pointers, Bristow shot the Indians past the Pioneers on Saturday, 68-59, in overtime.

Xavier Kolhosser added 14 points and Vashaun Wallace had nine points for RCK, which is now 3-0 coming off last year’s first league title in 25 years.

“Nobody expected this,” Ketcham coach Mike Paino said. “Our guys are playing with great confidence right now.”

The Indians led for virtually the entire game, including by 10 points in the fourth quarter, until the inevitable Poughkeepsie run came and the Pioneers tied the game at 57-57. In fact, PHS had a chance to win it in the waning moments but Ketcham stiffened defensively and stopped the final possession to force the overtime.

“They amped up the pressure and we were trying to run some clock down, and they forced us into some tough shots and some turnovers. You have an empty possession and it turns into a three-, four-point swing,” Paino said of Poughkeepsie’s comeback. “But we hung tough. We got a great stop at the end and I used that to tell our guys (before overtime), ‘Hey, we got the stop we needed so let’s get back to playing Ketcham basketball.’”

It was all Ketcham in the overtime. All totaled, the Indians held Poughkeepsie to just two points in the extra session and 59 overall in four-and-a-half quarters.

“We felt like if we could control their fast break, we could win. I mean, I’ll put us up against anybody defensively,” Paino said. “We just kept switching up our defense on them so they couldn’t get comfortable.”

Javal Cherry led Poughkeepsie with 21 points and Zaccai Curtis added 14.

Check out this great gallery from photographer Todd McDonough from the game.

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