Mike Paino collected his team at halftime, trailing by four points.
“We’re not a one-on-one team,” the Roy C. Ketcham High School boys basketball coach told his players, “We need to run our offenses and run them better.”
His words were taken to heart, as the Indians beat Arlington 60-49 on Wednesday to take third place in the Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament at Our Lady of Lourdes High school.
The Indians’ victory continued a full day of basketball at the Boardman Road school, that began with a Poughkeepsie victory over Saunders in a challenge game, and a win for Beacon over Franklin D. Roosevelt in the fifth-place game.
The championship game, between Lourdes and Marlboro, finished after the Journal went to press.
Named the Dutchess County Basketball Coaches Association Holiday Tournament for three decades, the annual event was renamed for Davis last year. A longtime Roosevelt basketball and baseball coach, Davis died on Nov. 4, 2013 at the age of 73. He also spent time coaching the Mount Saint Mary College men’s basketball team.
Arlington led 30-26 at halftime, but the Indians found their groove in the third quarter, mustering enough energy on both ends of the floor to tie the game at 45 with 6:20 left to play. The Indians honed on defense and buried shots to pull out the win.
“We were getting some defensive stops and that’s what we’ve been talking about all season,” Paino said. “Then we executed on the offensive end.”
Matt Seidner led the way with 22 points. Teammate Tim Reilly added 16, while Zaahir Woody contributed with 14.
“The kids shared the ball extremely well, passed the ball extremely well and we stayed in our offense,” added Paino, whose 6-4 Indians will host Lourdes on Jan. 7. Lourdes was the team Ketcham had lost to previously in the tournament, 65-61, in overtime on Tuesday.
Reilly had 17 points in that loss, including 15 in the second half, hitting two 3-pointers in overtime. Jon Stumberger had 10 points, including three 3-pointers.
Lourdes’ James Anozie had 20 of his 24 points in the second half. Dean Rotger added 14 points for Lourdes and Luke Timm chipped in 12. Kevin Townes had 12 points and five steals for Lourdes (3-2).
To take fifth place in the tournament, Beacon earned a 68-49 win over Roosevelt. Alfredo Robles ignited the Bulldogs with 18 points, 15 of which were scored on 3-point field goals. The Bulldogs opened an 11-4 lead to start the game and never looked back.
“Alfredo’s really played well the last couple games,” said Beacon coach Scott Timpano, whose Bulldogs are now 5-4. “He got us off to a quick start.”
Xavier Mayo scored 16 points, while Malik Vaval-Paris chipped in with 10.
Noah Rosado scored 15 for Roosevelt.
“We got a little sloppy and a little lazy in the second quarter, but we were able to bring it back,” Timpano said. “We rebounded the ball well when we needed to, limiting the opposing team’s shots. We got the inside play out of Xavier Mayo that we’ve sorely been looking for. So we’re hoping to take some momentum into our league play.”
Beacon visits Peekskill on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Poughkeepsie overcame a sluggish second quarter to beat Saunders 44-34 in a challenge game originally scheduled for the Slam Dunk Tournament at the Westchester County Center on Tuesday. The game was moved on account of inclement weather.
Shaquez Nesbitt led the Pioneers with 15 points, while Liam Perryman added 12. Poughkeepsie trailed 20-19 at halftime, and overcame difficulty making layups.
“I look at the shooting percentage but I don’t think we did a good job in the first half,” said Poughkeepsie coach Brian Laffin, whose Pioneers improved to 5-1. “Shaquez did a good job, but in that first half he has to finish buckets. I thought Liam’s defense was outstanding and he hurt them on the offensive glass.”
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The finals of the Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament finished after the Journal went to press. Visit http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sports for a full account of the game and video.