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Patriots Get The Best Of Their Archrival

By Tom Seipp
Special to HVSR

WICCOPEE – It’s always a big night in the Wappingers Central School District when John Jay and Roy C. Ketcham high schools meet in an inter-district, league matchup.

Wednesday was no different.

With a good crowd on hand, Liam Ryan dominated with 29 points to lead John Jay over Ketcham, 78-67.

It was all Patriots from the tip, getting out to an early 15 point lead just 11 minutes into the game. Ketcham was able to bring it back within five in the first half, but Jay took an 11-point lead into the break.

Ryan scored 16 of his 29 points in the second half to keep the Indians at arm’s length.

“My shot was falling today,” Ryan said. “It was a team win. We can definitely tighten up on defense a little bit. Ketcham always comes and gives us a good fight.”

“It’s a typical John Jay/Ketcham game, a nice atmosphere and all,” John Jay head coach Terry Feeley said. “We played well at times, and then we played really stupid at other times. It seemed that every time we got up 14 or 15 when we had enough separation, we did a couple of dumb things back-to-back-to-back, and next thing you know it’s back down to 8, 9, or 10. It was kind of a yo-yo thing. We made enough plays down the stretch, so we’ll take it.”

After Ryan’s 29, Patrick Rooney had 15 points and Marcus Mejorado finished with 12 points for the Patriots.

With Wednesday’s win, John Jay gets back over .500 after back-to-back losses to Carmel and Arlington. They’re now 7-6 overall and play at Mahopac on Friday.

“We didn’t show up on the defensive end,” Ketcham head coach Mike Paino said of his team’s loss. “We gave up 78 points. We know John Jay has that firepower. They haven’t had it lately, but we knew it was going to be a game where we have to defend, and we didn’t show up defensively.”

Phoenix Bowman finished with 28 points for the Indians, 18 of those in the fourth quarter.

“Phoenix is a very explosive offensive player. He does a great job getting to the hole, a great job shooting in rhythm. It’s something I know Phoenix can do,” Paino said.

Eight-grader Owen Paino finished with 14 points, Brendan Cassidy had 13 and Gabe Bristow had 12.

Ketcham ends its four-game win streak, and they’re now at 4-5 overall. The Indians play again tomorrow at Peekskill High School vs. Tuckahoe in the Peekskill Tournament.


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