CATSKILL – In a Senior Night special, Catskill dominated Cairo-Durham, 99-62, to move another step closer to repeating as Patroon Conference boys basketball champions.
Along with the victory, Justice Brantley joined the elite in Catskill basketball lore as the third highest scorer in school history. Brantley was also the lone senior who was honored for Senior Night. Addison Allen was unable to attend the game due to illness.
Brantley surpassed the 1,385 points by Eric Swain in becoming the third highest scorer in Catskill history. Overall, Brantley is now at 1,394 points in his career and trails only John O'Neil (1,597) and Stacy O'Neil (1,499) on the Cats' all-time scoring list.
“It was a great night tonight for Justice Brantley,” Catskill’s Coach Doug Lampman said, “It was a great night for Devon (Haye). Devon showed his different layers of skills. He was able to put it on display tonight. It was a good team effort; the defense clamped down in the second half and that was really the difference.”
Brantley led the Cats in scoring with 34 points; putting in 6 in the first quarter, 8 in the second, 9 in the 3rd quarter and 11 points in the fourth quarter. It wasa three-pointer in the fourth quarter with 6:49 left in the game that pushed Brantley past Eric Swain and into the third spot on the Cats' all-time scoring list. The crowd went wild for Brantley when it was announced during the game that he made history.
Haye followed with a solid 33 points in the game and showed off his skill set, dominating in the paint. Kellen Gibbs added 16 points, 10 coming in the second half.
“Well you know it is another step,” Coach Lampman said “We have one more step left on Friday against Taconic Hills. The league is getting stronger every year. Cairo came out on fire tonight from three-point range; no matter what we did we could not disrupt their rhythm with three’s. So they made it tough for us. We made a few adjustments at halftime and took away some of their advantages and it lead to a nice win.”
Cairo-Durham was lethal from three-point range with six players making a three-pointer or more. Jacob Hall led the team with 16 points, including two three-pointers. Louis LaRegina followed with 14 points, including two three-pointers. Ethan Philips had 12 points with four three-pointers in the first quarter. Noah Justice had ten points for the team with two three-pointers.
Catskill (13-2, 16-3) plays at Taconic Hills on Friday at 6:30 p.m. A victory would clinch at least a tie for the Patroon title for the Cats.
CATSKILL (99): M. Christian 2-0-4, K. Gibbs 7-2-16, J. Brantley 12-8-34, D. Haye 15-3-33, L. Scott 1-0-2, B. Donely 3-2-8, C. Lyles 1-0-2.
3-pointers: Brantley 2.
CAIRO-DURHAM (62): J. Hall 6-2-16, E. Handle 2-0-4, L. LeRegina 4-3-14, D. Morgan 1-0-3, N. Justice 4-0-10, A. Salvatore 1-0-3, E. Philips 4-0-12.
3-pointers: Hall (2), LeRegina (3), Morgan, Justice (2), Salvator, Philips (4)
Germantown 44, Hawthorne Valley 28
GERMANTOWN -- Germantown remained unbeaten in Central Hudson Valley League boys basketball with a 44-28 victory over Hawthorne Valley on Senior Night at Germantown High School on Monday.
The Clippers (10-0, 13-4) held quarterly leads of 11-6, 24-11 and 40-19.
Robbie Eaton led the Clippers with 10 points. Andrew Kellenbenz and Jamie Decker each had eight.
Chris Davis' 14 points topped Hawthorne Valley.
Germantown travels to Bishop Maginn on Thursday at 7 p.m.
HAWTHORNE VALLEY (28): Davis 4-3-14, Hassel 0-0-0, Davis 1-0-2, Disbrow 3-0-8, Shaffer 2-0-4. Totals 10-3-28.
3-pointers: Davis 3, Disbrow 2.
GERMANTOWN (44): Bathrick 2-0-4, Decker 3-0-8, Dunn 2-0-4, Eaton 4-0-10, A. Kellenbenz 3-0-8, D. Kellenbenz 3-0-7, Mayr 1-0-2. Totals 18-0-44.
3-pointers: A. Kellenbenz 2, Eaton 2, D. Kellenbenz.
Mekeel Christian 96, Hudson 49
SCOTIA -- Alex Barnhill and Cameron Stewart combined for 44 points to spark defending Class B state champion Mekeel Christian to a 96-49 non-league boys basketball victory over Hudson on Monday.
Barnhill finished with 21 and Stewart had 21 for the Lions, who built quarterly leads of 26-13, 53-24 and 80-38.
Mike Show had 15 points and Ozzy DeJesus 13 for Mekeel, which has moved up to the Class A ranks this year.
Hudson was led by Lavon Fernandez's 21 points. Spencer Goldstien added 10. The Bluehawks (10-7) played without Dayquan Griffin, who missed the game with a knee injury.
Hudson plays at Coxsackie-Athens on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
HUDSON (49): Bernockie 2-1-5, Fernandez 10-0-21, Goldstien 5-0-10, Hedgepeth 4-0-9, Johnson 0-3-3, Smith 0-1-1. Totals 21-5-49.
3-pointers: Fernandez, Hedgepeth.
MEKEEL CHRISTIAN (96): 3-0-6, Barnhill 9-0-23, Dean 2-0-4, DeJesus 6-1-13, Kane 2-0-4, Lima 2-0-4, McCarty 1-0-2, Rollins 2-0-4, Show 5-0-15, Stewart 8-3-21. Totals 40-4-96.
3-pointers: Show 5, Barnhill 5, Stewart 2.