AMHERST -- Senior point guard Sean Ryan-Kut's playing style can be described in many different ways.
Controlled, cerebral and unselfish are three that come to mind, but Saturday during the Western Massachusetts Division III final against Sabis, Ryan-Kut displayed another feature against the Bulldogs -- toughness.
Late in the second quarter, Ryan-Kut was fouled from behind by Sabis' Amari Brown. The senior guard fell face-first to the floor, and out popped half of his front tooth.
A game stoppage due to a piece of a player's tooth being smacked out of his mouth is rare, but after getting over the initial shock of losing a tooth, and having to pick up a piece of the tooth, Ryan-Kut spent less than one minute on the sidelines before returning to the game.
"I wasn't too happy about it," he said. "I stopped to try and draw the foul, and [Brown] plowed over me. I landed face-first on the ground and chipped my tooth pretty bad.
"I was out of the game for like five seconds. It feels pretty weird. I couldn't drink because the water kept hitting my gums."
Despite having a smile that resembles a hockey player's, Ryan-Kut's face plant actually helped his team. Teammate Trevor Alibozek stepped to the line and knocked down two free throws in Ryan-Kut's place, cutting Sabis' lead to two.
Then, upon returning to the game, Ryan-Kut calmly knocked down a mid-range jumper to tie the score at 30 with 50 seconds left in the half.
After Ryan-Kut's jumper, Sabis closed on a 5-0 run, taking a five-point lead into halftime. Hoosac was not able to recover, but Ryan-Kut's toughness exemplified the grit and effort the entire Hoosac Valley team played with throughout the season.
"I'm so satisfied with how we played," Ryan-Kut said. "[The loss] is just hard to swallow."
"For the past three years, [for] our transition to end with 16 wins is good to see," added Braman. "I think this team has potential for the future."
At the end of the day, no one could dispute that the Hurricanes left everything they had on the court.
Even part of a tooth.
"They're plenty other teams that wish they were here today," Robinson said. "16-7 is a pretty good season."
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