The Red Devils of Peekskill were the two-time defending state champions, and their star player, Mookie Jones, had already committed to play for Syracuse. Glens Falls was the underdog going in, but this was a huge opportunity for Jimmer to rise to the occasion and carry his school to the title. The game didn't exactly turn out that way, though.The Fredette/Peekskill game has particular meaning to me because the team I helped coach, Archbishop Stepinac, was the only team to defeat that Peekskill team that year in front of a raucous crowd at the Westchester County Center. I had heard of Fredette, but assumed that Peekskill, a perennial basketball powerhouse in Westchester, would be too much to handle in the state finals.
The Glens Falls Civic Center is a modest arena, accommodating just over 4,800 fans. It serves as a hockey arena, and the court rests on top of the covered ice with folding chairs set up to fill the rest of the empty space. Every single seat was filled that night. Nearly everyone in attendance was cheering for Jimmer and Glens Falls. As intimidating as this must have been for visiting Peekskill, it must have added some pressure for Jimmer and his teammates. Glens Falls got off to a quick start and led 19-14 after the first quarter. Peekskill started to assert itself athletically in the second quarter and took the lead at one point, but Glens Falls maintained a slim three-point lead, 32-29, at the end of the first half. Peekskill had all of the momentum riding in its favor until Jimmer launched a long three and connected with 32 seconds left in the period. The crowd went into a frenzy, especially because Jimmer had been struggling from the floor. more.
Four years later, Fredette is on the verge of having his name called in the NBA Draft.
The same can be said for another experience with Kemba Walker and Rice High School as well. We scrimmaged Rice when Edgar Sosa and Curtis Kelly were seniors and Kemba and Momo Jones were freshmen. Walker was off the charts that game.