PLATTSBURGH — An ill Adam Tedford could only watch from the bench Tuesday night and had little say on whether his Seton Catholic basketball career was coming to an end or continuing.
It said something that Tedford, the leading scorer on the team, was even at the game to give his team moral support.
As it turns out, Seton Catholic’s season is very much alive as Tedford’s teammates rose to the occasion, leading the Knights to a thrilling 60-57 victory over Section X champion Tupper Lake.
Kaden Baugh, who played a sensational game, hit a long 3-pointer as time expired for the margin of difference in NYSPHSAA Class C regional play at Potsdam State’s Maxcy Hall.
The Section VII champion Knights (17-3) will look to take it a step further when they tangle with Section II winner Hoosic Valley (18-3) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in a regional final play at Hudson Valley Community College.
At stake is a trip to the final four.
Baugh was Tuesday’s hero, but there was needed support from the rest of the team.
“It wasn’t easy not having Adam the other night when we learned in the morning he wouldn’t be able to play,” Seton Catholic coach Larry Converse said. “But he did come to the game when he was feeling that poorly.
“It’s a team sport, and it was the next man up. Cody Quantock and Joe Zalis gave us some good minutes. When you get this far, your stars need to play well, but some other players have to step up as well.”
The Knights will take some momentum into Saturday’s game following the emotional victory over Tupper Lake. Playing for a spot in the final four is a reward the Knights have earned through the years.
“I’ve coached Adam (Tedford) and Chris (Kustos) for four years on the varsity,” Converse said. “Keagen Briggs, David LaFountain, Nic Favreau and Cody (Quantock) are the other seniors on the team who play, and the juniors are Kaden (Baugh) and Joe (Zalis).