After ending 2012 with three straight wins, the new year has started off on a disappointing note for the John Jay boys basketball team with three losses.
The Indians (4-6) had a couple of tough showings over the weekend, losing to Carmel in overtime last Friday at home, and giving Putnam Valley, ranked tenth in the state among Class B schools, all it could handle in a 56-45 loss on Saturday.
On Tuesday, John Jay’s shooting went ice cold in a painful 51-42 loss at Brewster.
In Friday’s game, Carmel (5-2) took a 25-24 lead into halftime before the Indians came back to grab a three-point lead, 34-31, after three quarters.
Carmel poured in 19 points in the fourth quarter and tied the game up, 50-50, forcing overtime. In the extra period, the Rams outscored John Jay, 13-8.
Jack Weiller led John Jay with 17 points, including four three-pointers. Will Jahn had 11 points and Joe Kells scored 10 points. Matt Bernstein and Scott Owen hit for five points each and Jack Paccione and Nick Kiger added four points each.
On Saturday at the Putnam Challenge at Brewster High School, state-ranked Putnam Valley (8-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Indians, 56-45.
John Jay led 26-24 at the half and 35-34 after three quarters, but was outscored in the final quarter, 21-11.
Kiger was high scorer with 18 points and Kell poured in 15 points. Paccione had six points, Bernstein four points and Jahn two points. Kiger also had 10 rebounds.
In Tuesday’s loss to Brewster, nothing seemed to go right offensively for the Indians, who came out cold and didn’t score their first basket until more than 11 minutes had elapsed.
But with Brewster also struggling to score, the Indians managed to stay in the game until the end.
The Bears (3-5) led 12-2 after one quarter and 22-11 at the half.
With John Jay continuing to struggle with its shooting, Brewster built its biggest lead yet, 32-16, with 3:29 left in the third quarter.
The Indians end the quarter with a 6-0 run, with a pull-up jumper by Kiger, free throw by Kells and three-pointer by Weiller, to cut the lead to 32-22 going into the final quarter.
An inside basket by Kells extended the run to 8-0 early in the fourth quarter, making it a 32-24 game.
Kells scored again inside, off a nice set-up by Weiller, and Kiger scored off a tough inside move, keeping John Jay close, 38-28, with six minutes to go.
Another three-pointer by Weiller, and putback by Kiger, had the lead down to seven, 40-33, with four minutes left. John Jay had a chance to cut the lead to four but Weiller’s three-pointer went in and out.
Brewster big man Brian McNeil put the dagger into John Jay’s comeback by draining a pair of late three-pointers, which offset a three-pointer for John Jay by Matt Wilmot-Stroud and inside bucket by Kiger.
Kells led John Jay with 15 points and Kiger had 14 points, while Weiller finished with eight points. Wilmot-Stroud (three points) and Paccione (two points) rounded out the scoring.