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Indians Shine On Senior Night

By Sean McGee
Special to HVSR

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The senior-laden Roy C. Ketcham High School boys basketball honored its graduating players, and its special night went exactly as planned.

A win for the Indians.

Specifically, a win against their archrival as RCK beat John Jay, 58-50, on Thursday night.

The Indians are now 5-1 in the league, a half-game behind Arlington with two to play – Carmel on Monday and then a showdown with Arlington next Wednesday.

The night started with all eight Ketcham seniors being honored with framed jerseys. Each senior walked out to the middle of the court with a loud applause from the crowd, celebrating the seniors’ hard work throughout their years with the program. “This is a special group. They’ve worked so hard and I’ve become extremely close with them over the years,” said Ketcham head coach Mike Paino. “It’s going to be tough to let them go.”

Senior scoring guard Brendan Cassidy led the way for the Indians, dropping 19 points.

“We knew this was a huge game… our cross-town rival, we had to get revenge (from a previous loss),” said Cassidy. “We just stayed together and got the job done.”

“Brendan’s a kid who just puts hours and hours and hours in the gym, it’s unbelievable,” said Paino. “Those big threes he hit in the second half is the product of him putting in the hard work.”

He wasn’t the only one who was scoring for the Indians though as Phoenix Bowman put 16 points on the board while sophomore Gabe Bristow added 15 points, providing a big spark off the bench for Ketcham as he was unstoppable on the offensive glass.

The Patriots would have few answers for Ketcham’s three top scorers.

“Number 15 for them [Bristow], I don’t know what his name is… he killed us on the offensive boards,” said John Jay head coach Terry Feeley. “He flat-out out-hustled our guys.”

The game started with a lot of energy, but not necessarily a bunch of scoring. There were missed shots on both ends of the court. Both teams would find themselves stuck at nine points for the first quarter and tied at 20 for the half.

Regardless, the student section, the Ketcham Krazies, were relentless the whole game cheering on their team, some even using cones to project their screams.

John Jay did not go away easily though. Pat Rooney of John Jay picked up the scoring responsibility, leading the Patriots with 16 points and tried to give his team a chance in the fourth quarter. “I started out cold, but the only way to get out of it is to keep shooting, so I stuck with it and my shots started to fall,” said Rooney.

Even being down nine points going into the fourth quarter the Patriots did not go down lightly, cutting the lead to three but couldn’t come all the way back.

Please enjoy this great photo gallery from Todd McDonough.

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