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Catskill to play C-A for summer league title

August 6, 2019 02:00 pm Updated: August 7, 2019 02:35 pm

HUDSON — Catskill will bring an unbeaten record into tonight’s Columbia-Greene Boys Summer Basketball League championship game against Coxsackie-Athens.
Tip-off time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Catskill remained perfect with a 66-47 victory over Greenville in Tuesday’s semifinals. Earlier in the evening, Greenville, the No. 3 seed in the playoffs, defeated Hunter-Tannersville, 40-31. 

No. 2 seed Coxsackie-Athens earned a berth in the championship game with a 49-29 victory over Germantown in the other semifinal. Germantown, the No. 4 seed, reached the semifinals with a 48-41 win over No. 5 Chatham.

Catskill (9-0) came out strong against Greenville, racing to a 10-0 lead in the game’s first four minutes. Kellen Gibbs had eight of the Cats’ 10 points.

“We always come here on a mission,” Catskill coach Andy Gonzalez said. “Our mission is literally is not to give up more than 30 points per game, 40 sometimes. But if we give up more than 40 it’s a failure. Our goal all summer was playing defense, working hard on the defensive end. 

“That is going to be their goal all year, and on top of that, getting these kids to gel a little better, playing well together. But our main goal is playing good defense. We play good defense it leads to easy buckets on the other end.”

Greenville regrouped and pulled to within nine, 23-14, with nine minuted to go in the half, but the Catskill closed the stanza on a 14-5 run to take a 37-19 advantage at the intermission.
Catskill went on to outscore Greenville 29-18 in the second half to lock up the win and a berth in the championship game.

“We came out with some intensity this game, we came out with some fire,” Gonzalez said. “Sometimes we don’t play to our full potential. We let up sometimes, we let the other team do whatever they want at times. I preach to these guys all the time, ‘guys, we’ve got to come here and get it for 40 minutes straight. And that’s it. Don’t let up on anything, on any possession. We have got to get it.”

Lavon Fernandez led the Cats in scoring with 22 points. Gibbs finished with 15 and DeVon Haye had 12.

Louis Laregina topped Greenville with 21 points. Joe Nicosia chipped in with 12.

Gonzalez said the Cats are confident heading into tonight’s championship game against Coxsackie-Athens and aren’t planning any significant changes to their game plan.

“No matter who the opponent is the mindset never changes,” Gonzalez said. “We have to go out there with the same intensity every single game, played hard defense, work together, work as a unit out there and, most likely, that will lead us to a win.”

In the other semifinal, Germantown jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but was outscored 24-8 the rest of the half as C-A built a 24-15 halftime edge.

The Indians went on to outscore the Clippers 25-14 in the second half to cruise to victory.

Josh Kiefer was C-A’s top point producer with 14 points. Timmy Simmons had 12, Kane Schrader eight, Andon Roe seven, Dillon Hynes four and Aiden Boehm two.