Hugh Huggins swung the momentum over to the John Jay High School boys basketball team in its 67-64 victory over Roy C. Ketcham at its annual pink out game in Wiccopee on Saturday.
Huggins, who finished with 10 points, made a slam dunk at the end of the second quarter to cap a 5-0 John Jay run to end the half. Despite trailing 32-27 at halftime, Patriots coach Terry Feeley thought the dunk gave John Jay momentum going into the second half.
“Hugh Huggins had a thunder dunk that sort of propelled us — an exclamation mark with momentum going into the half,” he said.
The Patriots were able to take the lead in the fourth quarter with solid performances by Ryan Schumacher, Justin Cunha and Ryan Metz. Schumacher led John Jay with 22 points while Cunha and Metz scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.
“We just made a couple more plays down the stretch than they did,” Feeley said.
For Ketcham, Tim Reilly scored 22 points. Matt Fields backed him up with 17 points.
Feeley said it was nice to collect a win against Ketcham in a meaningful game.
“For the kids it’s special — a good rivalry game, a great loud crowd,” he said. “It was great atmosphere for a high school game. We’ve struggled against Ketcham in recent years and it was nice to get a win on our home court.”
The Patriots (5-4) hosts Carmel on Tuesday. Ketcham hosts Our Lady of Lourdes on Tuesday.
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