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Seton Catholic boys beat Stevenson to claim their first-ever Trico League title

Kaiden Wilson, Brady Angelo lead the way for a 52-42 win

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: February 1, 2024, 10:28pm
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Kaiden Wilson of Seton Catholic attempts a free throws against Stevenson in a Trico League boys basketball game at Stevenson High School on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.
Kaiden Wilson of Seton Catholic attempts a free throws against Stevenson in a Trico League boys basketball game at Stevenson High School on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

STEVENSON — The Seton Catholic boys basketball team made school history on Thursday night.

But the Cougars seemed a bit subdued.

They were already thinking about their next game.

But no matter what happens in their league finale on Saturday, one thing remains true.

For the first time in school history, the Seton Catholic Cougars are Trico League champions in boys basketball.

Freshman Kaiden Wilson scored 20 points and Brady Angelo added 11 as the Cougars pulled away from Stevenson 52-42 to lock up the league crown.

“It’s exciting,” Angelo said. “It’s really cool. But we have one more win (to get) just to clear it out, and then we’ll be satisfied.”

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Chris Blackledge of Stevenson (left) catches a pass as Lance Lee (12) of Seton Catholic tries for a steal in a Trico League boys basketball game at Stevenson High School on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.
Seton Catholic Stevenson boys basketball Photo Gallery

The Cougars never trailed after Wilson opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, and from there the game was only tied once — at 10-10.

Then Mason Glassmire hit a 3-pointer, sparking a 15-2 run. But Stevenson fought back.

That was the theme of the game. Seton would build a lead, then Stevenson would make it close.

But the Cougars’ final surge, an 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter, sealed the victory and the league crown.

“Sometimes, it got away from us,” Angelo said. “We kept too close to be honest the whole game. Then we got a great talk from Head Coach Donald (Wilson). He gave us some hype. He said ‘end it.’  So we just came out fired (up).”

Kaiden Wilson started the run with a deep 3-pointer.

Stevenson worked to clog the lane on defense and not give the 6-foot-4 freshman room to work. So he took his game outside.

“I got to keep working on my outside abilities, keep shooting,” Wilson said.

Wilson made three 3-pointers, but also made big contributions on defense.

“New face right here,” Angelo said, patting Wilson on the shoulder. “He’s been killing it for us all year, on the boards, on the points, everything. It’s been great to play with him.”

With Stevenson focused on Wilson, Seton got contributions from around the lineup with Lance Lee adding eight points, Rico George with seven and Glassmire with six.

On the flip side, Stevenson only got five points from its leading scorer Chris Blackledge, who didn’t have a point in the first three quarters. Jordan Waymire led the Bulldogs with 12 points and Seth Green added nine.

As league champions, the Cougars will receive the No. 1 seed to the district tournament and will host a first-round game next week.

But first, there is the last league game on Saturday at home against Stevenson and a perfect league season.

“Right now, I think we’re pretty good,” Kaiden Wilson said. “We just got to put our heads down and keep going. Keep getting better every single day.”

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