Over their final five halves of the 2022 Duane Davis Christmas Tournament, New Paltz looked like one of the best teams in the field.
It was a strong showing for New Paltz on Thursday, as they took down John Jay, 68-56.
“It’s a great win for us. They’re an AA school, a big school, and that’s a great win for us,” New Paltz head coach Danny Diklich. “We haven’t had too many close games this year, so for us to come out on the other side of a close game instead of losing like the other day against Arlington.”
It’s not often in basketball where following a loss you have a chance to redeem yourself less than 17 hours later. Ketcham made the most of their opportunity and followed up a difficult Wednesday semifinal loss with a 61-54 victory in the Third Place Game over Beacon.
“It was a good hard fought win,” Ketcham junior Owen Paino said. “We were down after a bad loss [last night], Lourdes is a great team, but we felt like we could’ve done better. We knew Beacon was going to be tough too, we just came out ready to play and forgot about last night.”
It feels like deja vu.
For the fourth consecutive tournament, Our Lady of Lourdes has advanced to the Duane Davis Championship Game and will take on Arlington, a rematch of the last three tournaments.
Lourdes advanced through the semifinal stage with a dominant 70-40 victory over Ketcham.
For the fourth consecutive tournament, the Arlington Admirals are headed to the Duane Davis Memorial Christmas Tournament Championship.
Their path certainly wasn’t easy, after beating New Paltz by two in the quarterfinal, it took them until overtime to take down the Beacon Bulldogs, 56-50.
After falling in the quarterfinal to Lourdes on Tuesday night, John Jay bounced back in a big way to take down Marlboro, 62-28.
“It’s a great team win for us,” John Jay junior Gavyn Pacheco said. “Coming into the tournament this year we didn’t do too well, so coming in this year showing everyone we can play and can compete it’s great for us as a team. We’re making strides for us to be dangerous.”
It was raining three-pointers for the New Paltz Huguenots on Wednesday, as they knocked down 10 en route to an eight-point victory over FDR.
“It’s big for us, we needed it,” New Paltz freshman Cayden Dones said on the victory. “It was a big game for us. We play them again in two weeks, so we needed this one.”
The Huguenots came out firing immediately, holding a 13-4 lead after the first quarter. It was more of the same in the second, as a Dones 3-pointer at the buzzer gave New Paltz a 17-point lead at the halftime break.
Defending their home court, Lourdes made a statement in its opening game of the tournament, taking down John Jay-East Fishkill, 78-65.
It was a high-scoring affair that started with Lourdes holding a 16-14 lead six minutes into the game. The Warriors ended the first quarter on an 9-0 and then extended their lead to 16 at the halftime break.
Arlington was able to hold off a New Paltz comeback to advance to the semifinals, 54-52.
After the first 16 minutes, it appeared it would be all Arlington. At the halftime break the Admirals led by 14.
But New Paltz didn’t shy away from the comeback. The Huguenots started the second half on a 15-4 run to cut the deficit to four.
Beacon and FDR played closely from the opening tip, with neither team holding a lead larger than five at any point. In the end, it was Beacon pulling away with a 54-49 victory over FDR.
After the game was tied at half, Beacon took a four-point lead and held an advantage the entire third quarter.
With 4:45 remaining in the game, FDR took its first lead of the game from a Garfield Merchant put-back.
After trailing for 31 of the 32 minutes, Ketcham capitalized when it mattered most to lead them into the semifinals with a 57-54 victory over Marlboro.
Marlboro dominated early, holding an 18-9 lead after one quarter.
After opening the lead up to as many as 10, Ketcham made a switch to a 1-3-1 press which capitulated them on an 8-0 run to tie the game with under a minute to go in the first half. Marlboro held a two-point lead at the halftime break.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - For the second time in three tournaments, the Arlington Admirals are holiday tournament champions, as they’ve won the 2021 Ketcham Holiday Tournament championship, defeating Our Lady of Lourdes, 74-57.
“It feels amazing,” said Tournament MVP Delano Knox. “It’s like a full circle. I won the championship my freshman year, lost my sophomore year, we came back this year in a tiebreaker. I really wanted to win this and finish off my high school career on a high note… It feels amazing.”
The Admirals won their seventh holiday tournament championship, their first since 2018. In 2019, the Admirals lost to the Warriors in the championship. In this year’s grudge match between the two schools, Arlington came out on top.
On the final day of the 2021 Ketcham Holiday Tournament, Beacon defeated John Jay-East Fishkill, 82-53.
“I think our guys just showed up ready to play,” Beacon head coach Scott Timpano. “When we share the ball and everybody gets involved and people are touching the ball early, it makes everybody feel good. That’s what we look to do early in games.”
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - For the third consecutive tournament, Our Lady of Lourdes High School is headed to the championship to face off against Arlington High School.
The Warriors can thank Chris Faughnan for getting them there.
Faughnan’s tournament-high 34 points lifted Lourdes over Roy C. Ketcham High School, 82-72.
“I bounced back from my last few games. My last few games haven’t been ideal for me,” the senior Faughnan said. “Tonight, early on it was going in, so I just knew today was going to be good enough for me”
Photo Courtesy: Hannah Freer
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - It’s been a difficult start to the season for John Jay-East Fishkill, but a quick start on Wednesday against Highland propelled the Patriots to their second win of the season, as they won 63-30 Wednesday.
“It’s been a tough season, but we continue to fight,” senior Robert Golden said. “We’re finally starting to come together.”
The Patriots took advantage of a 12-0 first quarter lead, putting them up 14-3 early and never looked back.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - Delano Knox has been here before.
As a freshman, his Arlington team won the 2018 Duane Davis Tournament; as a sophomore, his team lost in triple overtime to Our Lady of Lourdes in the championship game. Three tournament appearances, three championship game appearances.
“This is the third time. I really want to win this third one and end my high school career on a good note,” said Knox.
It wasn’t an easy path to the championship, as Arlington had to withstand Marlboro with a last second defensive stand, 65-63.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - It’s not often when you see a sequence of a dunk and leaping block to reject a three point attempt in a matter of seconds in a high school basketball game.
If you watched Beacon’s Jason Komisar in the third quarter in Beacon’s game against FDR Tuesday in the Ketcham Holiday Tournament, you would’ve seen it.
Komisar’s impressive outing concluded with a 22 point performance in Beacon’s 73-59 victory over FDR.
“It was a great team win,” Komisar said. “We definitely were a little off with our IQ yesterday, but we really came together and played as a real Beacon basketball team.”
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - Right from the noon tipoff, Spackenkill came out sluggish, only scoring seven points in the first half.
In the second half, they completely flipped the switch, as they quickly became energized to help them propel to a 35-31 overtime victory over Highland High School.
“We thought we played hard at the start but couldn’t score,” head coach Matt Hoyt said. “Because of that, I think we got down on ourselves a little bit. We didn’t have that same energy that we usually play with today, I didn’t feel like we didn’t have it for most of the first half."
HYDE PARK, N.Y. - It may have been snowing in Hyde Park, but in the FDR High School gymnasium, it was raining threes for Our Lady of Lourdes senior Jake D’Auria.
D’Auria had a game-high 29 points, as his five three pointers led the Warriors over FDR, 85-33.
“Jake’s become a leader on the court,” Santoro said. “He’s shooting the ball great. Sometimes you get shooters that can shoot spot off at random, and they're great shooters, and they stink out of the system. And other kids are great in the system and they're not very good just spot up. He's kind of good at both."
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - With four seniors in the starting lineup, it was the sophomore Owen Paino who energized Ketcham High School Monday, as he had a game-high 19 points in the Indians 61-34 victory over Beacon.
“It was something that we needed him to do,” Ketcham head coach Matt Paino said. “It’s something that he has the ability to do, and we need him to be more aggressive. Sometimes he becomes very passive and tries to get everybody involved, which as a coach is great. However, he’s one of our top scorers and we need him to come out and look to do that and he exerted himself on the offensive end.”
Paino scored 12 of his 19 in the second half, including scoring seven straight to end the third quarter to help break the game open.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, NY - Just 11 seconds into the game, Chinedu Okasi had an and-one layup to give Marlboro a quick lead.
That trend continued, as Marlboro kept that momentum throughout the entire 32 minutes to open up the 2021 Ketcham Holiday Tournament with a victory over John Jay - East Fishkill, 75-66.
“We played two and a half really good quarters, one and a half not so great,” Marlboro head coach Mike Koehler said. “We got a lot of contributions… We played solid defense the whole time, but we can’t take quarters and possessions off on either end.
PHOTO: Tom Seipp
In Dutchess County, this time of the year traditionally means family gatherings for the holidays and watching local high school basketball.
After an incredibly thrilling 2019 Duane Davis Memorial Holiday Tournament, concluding with an Our Lady of Lourdes triple overtime victory over Arlington, COVID-19 robbed Dutchess County of a 2020 tournament.
Monday, the tournament returns with nine local teams participating in the 2021 holiday tournament, hosted by Ketcham High School.