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Boys basketball: John Jay loses nail-biter to start year

Varsity vs Carmel HS on 12/2/2010
Posted Sunday, December 05, 2010 by Clara Riviere
Sean T. McMann • Poughkeepsie Journal•
December 3, 2010

After fighting back to take a one-point lead with 12
seconds remaining, the John Jay High School boys
basketball team watched as Aaron Smith sunk a pair
of free throws with 2.5 ticks left to propel visiting
Carmel to a 60-59 victory Thursday.

"It's a tough way to start the season," John Jay head
coach Matt Hayes said, "but I see a lot more
positives than negatives."

Chief among those positives: the Patriots' resiliency.

Trailing by as many as nine points in the first half,
John Jay (0-1) cut the visitor's lead to three at

Following a "back-and-forth third quarter," Hayes
said his team took the lead in the period, after being
down as many as eight points in the third.

Carmel took a one-point lead with 20 seconds left in
the fourth before John Jay's Antonio Hinton was
fouled and drained a pair of foul shots, regaining
the lead for the home team.

From there, though, the Rams got Smith's heroics
with less than three seconds to play for the win.
John Jay's desperation shot at the buzzer was to no

Daen Riviere led the Patriots with 20 points.
Teammate Nick Ciocchi added 11 points, nine of
which came via the 3-point shot.

John Jay also got contributions from Rob McMahon
(eight points) and Nick Segarra (seven points).

The Patriots travel to Walter Panas on Wednesday.

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