At one point on Tuesday, Roy C. Ketcham High School boys head basketball coach Mike Paino looked at one of his assistant coaches.
He said he told his assistant he wasn’t expecting what happened in his Indians’ game against host John Jay-Cross River.
In the last six seconds of the game, Matt Seidner poured in the winning shot on a layup off a pass from John Stumberger — a basket to carry Ketcham to a 57-56 victory.
“It’s a huge win,” said Paino, who replaced his brother Matt as the Indians’ head coach. Ketcham trailed throughout, except for when it took a 2-0 lead at the outset of the game.
“It’s gratifying in that situation. We fought back and got a couple of huge defensive stops. To get off to this start with us a lot of confidence. It was a great team win.”
While Seidner drained the winning shot, Zaair Woody was Ketcham’s leader in points scored with 24. He added 12 rebounds while Stumberger contributed with nine points. Paino also credited Tim Reilly on a good performance, as he battled sickness in order to play.
“He played with a fever,” Paino said of Reilly. “He was sick the whole way and didn’t want to come out of the game.”
Ketcham (1-0) will visit Port Chester at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Paino said he hopes his team quickens its defense.
“I’m our hoping our defense wakes up a little sooner than it did tonight (Tuesday),” Paino said. “Hopefully it’ll be much improved and they come ready to step up on the defensive end, like we did in the fourth quarter (against John Jay-Cross River).”
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