Hudson Valley Sports Report

PHOTO GALLERY: TWO BEST BOYS TEAMS TO PLAY FOR DUTCHESS TITLE

Late Ketcham Rally Stuns Lourdes; Poughkeepsie Rolls Over Arlington

WAPPINGERS FALLS – The two best Dutchess County high school boys basketball teams from the regular season will meet to decide the County regional championship tournament.

Roy C. Ketcham used a stunning rally in the final three minutes of the game to shock Our Lady of Lourdes, 77-68, in one semifinal while Poughkeepsie took out Arlington, 81-53, in the other.

RCK and Po’town will meet for the third time this season on Saturday at Poughkeepsie for the tournament crown. A time for the game has not been set yet. The Indians and the Pioneers split their two games during the regular season, with Ketcham winning at home and losing at Poughkeepsie in overtime.

Ketcham and Lourdes went back and forth all night in their semifinal, and the two teams were deadlocked at 65 when the Indians closed it out with a stunning rally of 12 consecutive points before OLL hit a meaningless three at the buzzer.

Vashaun Wallace, who had a game-high 26 points, broke the tie with a bucket and then Owen Paino personally broke it open with a pair of three-pointers and a couple of free throws. Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, it was 75-65 over a rattled Warriors team.

“You want to know the funny thing? We’ve been begging Owen to shoot more,” Ketcham coach Mike Paino said of his nephew, who scored 11 of his 14 points in the final quarter. “He came up with some huge shots and he shot them with confidence in that fourth quarter. He was spotting up, ready to shoot, and it also helps that somebody like Vashaun can draw the defense to him and then kick out.”

Gabe Bristow added 17 points for RCK and Xavier Kolhosser tallied 11.

For the Warriors, Jackson Pelish had 17 points, Andrew Rappleyea scored 15, Jake D’Auria finished with 12 and Jason Schofield had 11.

Poughkeepsie had it much easier in its semifinal.

The Pioneers spotted Arlington a three-point lead after the first quarter and then rolled to the 28-point victory. Zaccair Curtis led Poughkeepsie with 23 points while Javal Cherry added 17 and Dejon Hamilton tallied 12.

“They are just beyond athletic,” Paino said. “Cherry can make a shot from anywhere. But, you know, one thing I do like is that our kids have seen them, we beat them once and took them to OT in the other game, and we know what’s coming. We’re excited to play them a third time.”

Here is yet another great gallery of images from photographer Todd McDonough.

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