This Saint Patrick’s Day there is plenty of green to go around as we look at the Seton Catholic Central Boys Basketball team. Coming off a thrilling win over Chittenango in the State Quarterfinals, the Saints head into the State Final Four looking to win the program’s first title.  

“We’ve been through a lot,” says Saints Senior Kaelin Thomas. “Some bumps in the road when we lost to Bishop Grimes and Union-Endicott. But it only made us better and put us in the position to be where we are today.” 

Senior Kaelin Thomas, a transfer from Binghamton, scored 12 straight points for the Saints in the 4th quarter of the quarterfinal game to help turn a 5-point deficit into a lead. While this is a moment Thomas has been looking towards all season, his teammates have been waiting years.  

“My sophomore year we made it to Sectionals and then they cancelled everything due to COVID-19,” says Saints Senior Michael Bucko. “It’s just amazing to get past it and finally get to regionals and now go to states, it’s a dream come true.”  

In the semifinals Seton will meet Section 8 Champion Friends Academy who is 22-2 on the season. Saints Head Coach Chris Sinicki who is in his 24th season at the helm of the program, says what sets this team apart is the number of reliable options.  

“Offensively, we have three guys in double figures, and we have another guy scoring 8 points a game,” says Sinicki. “We for the most part take good shots. You take good shots you’re going to make shots. I think they know what a good shot is and they equally know when they have a good shot if another teammate has a better shot, they are willing passers.”  

“We’re a really good shooting team and our defense is good too,” says Thomas. “We have size down there with Jaden Short and we honestly have a deep bench too. Subs coming in like Yusri Razzaq playing tough defense and Max Bergman. We’re just a really deep team and we all play together.” 

Despite Seton’s numerous Sectional and STAC Titles, they have yet to claim a New York State Crown. During Sinicki’s tenure he’s been to the semifinals 4 times and been the state runner up twice with the most recent coming in 2018. Having the chance to be the team that gets over the hump is something this team wants to seize.  

“It would be amazing just to leave a part of me here at Seton as one of the state winners for basketball, would just be awesome,” says Bucko.  

“For me I’d like to see these kids win this, they’ve really worked hard,” says Sinicki. “They want a banner up in our gym here. They're a great group and they’re easy to root for and easy to coach. I don’t think we can cap off the season any better for them than by winning a state championship.” 

Seton’s Class B New York State Semifinal matchup with Friends Academy tips off at 12:30pm on Saturday in Glens Falls. If the Saints win that contest the State Championship will be Sunday at 3pm also at the Cool Insuring Arena. You can find the bracket here.