CHATHAM -- With a month to go in the regular season, the Chatham boys basketball team is playing as well as anybody in the Patroon Conference.
Friday night, the Panthers knocked Maple Hill out of a share of first place with a 56-43 victory over the Wildcats.
"It feels real good, it's the biggest win we probably have had around here in a while," Chatham coach John Thorsen said. "Its nice to put ourselves in a place where we are playing meaningful games. That was a heck of a team we played and I am real proud of my players."
The Panthers led 15-9 after one quarter, 26-15 at halftime and 36-30 after three quarters before putting the game away with a 20-13 run over the final eight minutes.
Chatham used a balanced scoring attack and a strong defensive effort in taking down the Wildcats. Keon Armstrong led the way with 16 points. Kaleb Taylor contributed 13 and Quinten Kastner had 12.
"Keon, I don't know how many blocks that he had but I thought he played fantastic on the defensive end," Thorsen said. "I just thought a lot of guys stepped up. Thomas Van Tassel stepped up, I thought he did a great job on the boards and on boxing out. I thought it was, overall, a great team defensive game. To hold that team to 43 points is an accomplishment."
While pleased with how the team is playing, Thorsen said their is still room for improvement.
"There are a lot of things we want to work on, we got to take care of the ball a little bit better," Thorsen said. "We are a little lackadaisical with some of our passes, but all in all I am really proud of our effort, I feel like if we keep working like this, good things will happen."
Nate Mannion had a strong game for Maple Hill (8-2, 10-2), finishing with 25 points.
Maple Hill travels to Stilwater for a non-league game on Monday and Chatham (6-4, 8-4) goes to Cairo-Durham on Tuesday.
MAPLE HILL (43): Hanrahan 2-0-4, Hirschoff 0-2-2, Jewett 3-0-8, Kulpa 1-0-2, Mannion 7-10-25, Pratico 1-0-2. Totals 14-12-43.
3-pointers: Jewett 2, Mannion.
CHATHAM (56): Armstrong 5-3-16, Elbert 1-0-2, Himmel 2-0-4, Kastner 5-0-12, Taylor 4-4-13, Williams 3-2-9. Totals 20-9-56.
3-pointers: Armstrong 3, Kastner 2, Taylor, Williams.
Catskill 79, Coxsackie-Athens 70
CATSKILL -- Justice Brantley went off for 39 points to highlight Catskill's 79-70 victory over Coxsackie-Athens in Friday's Patroon Conference boys basketball game.
The victory, along with Maple Hill's loss to Chatham, give the cats sole possession of first place in the Patroon.
"We were able to get out front, but we never did put them away," Catskill coach Doug Lampman said. "C-A has a good squad and was able to hang around. The difference was some poise down the stretch and making free throws."
Bervonis Donely followed Brantley with 14 points for Catskill (9-1, 12-2).
Gil Bell's 17 points topped C-A. Kane Schrader had 15, Killian Schrader 12 and Tyler Oravsky 11.
Coxsackie-Athens (5-5) goes to Taconic Hills on Tuesday, while Catskill has a showdown at Maple Hill on Wednesday.
COXSACKIE-ATHENS (70): Bell 7-3-17, Boehm 1-0-2, Kiefer 3-0-7, Oravsky 5-0-11, Kane Schrader 6-2-15, Killian Schrader 3-5-12, Simmons 3-0-6. Totals 28-10-70.
3-pointers: Killian Schrader, Kane Schrader, Oravsky, Kiefer.
CATSKILL (79): Brantley 12-11-39, Christian 2-0-4, Donely 4-6-14, Gibbs 3-2-8, Haye 3-1-7, Scott 3-1-7. Totals 27-21-79.
3-pointers: Brantley 4.
Hudson 77, Cairo-Durham 71
HUDSON -- Dayquan Griffin and Lavon Fernandez combined for 63 points to lead Hudson past Cairo-Durham, 77-71, in Friday's Patroon Conference boys basketball game.
Griffin had 32 points and Fernandez added 31 for the Bluehawks (7-3), who dressed just six players because of injuries and illness.
Noah Justice dropped 30 for the Mustangs. Louis Laregina had 20 and Jake Hall 13.
Hudson built quarterly leads of 17-16, 40-25 and 61-42, but Cairo-Durham made a game of it with a 29-16 scoring advantage over the final eight minutes.
Cairo-Durham hosts Chatham on Tuesday, while Hudson entertains Rensselaer on Wednesday.
CAIRO-DURHAM (71): Hall 6-1-13, Handel 1-0-2, Justice 13-0-30, Laregina 7-1-20, Morgan 2-0-4, Phillips 1-0-2. Totals 30-2-71.
3-pointers: Laregina 5, Justice 4.
HUDSON (77): Bernockie 2-2-6, Fernandez 13-4-31, Goldstien 2-2-6, Griffin 14-3-32, Smith 1-0-2. Totals 32-11-77.
3-pointers: Fernandez, Griffin.
Greenville 63, Taconic Hills 44
GREENVILLE -- Damien Fiducia's 17 points led Greenville past Taconic Hills, 63-44, in Friday's Patroon Conference boys basketball action.
The Spartans fell behind early, trailing 11-8 after one quarter, but drew even at 22-22 at halftime, then seized control in the second half, outscoring the Titans 41-22 over the last two quarters.
Keenan Mulholland added 13 points to Greenville's attack. Joe Nicosia had 12.
Kolby Clegg led Taconic Hills with 21 points. Devon Charron chipped in with 15.
Taconic Hills hosts Coxsackie-Athens on Tuesday, while Greenville plays a non-league game at Cohoes on Wednesday.
TACONIC HILLS (44): Charron 5-4-15, Clegg 8-2-21, Colwell 0-2-2, New 1-0-2, Nowak 1-2-4. Totals 15-10-44.
3-pointers: Clegg 3, Charro.
GREENVILLE (63): Biernacki 2-0-4, Byrne 1-0-3, Fiducia 7-0-17, Gergen 0-1-1, Lewis 1-0-2, McAneny 2-1-5, Mitchell 1-0-3, Mulholland 6-1-13, Nicosia 2-7-12, O'Connor 1-0-3. Totals 23-10-63.
3-pointers: Fiducia 3, O'Connor, Nicosia, Mitchell, Byrne.
Watervliet 67, Ichabod Crane 31
VALATIE -- Four Watervliet players reached double figures in scoring on Friday in a 67-31 Colonial Council boys basketball victory over Ichabod Crane.
Messiah Mallory topped the Cannoneers with 18 points. Khari Croley had 14, Derrick Beason 11 and JJ Chestnut 10.
Christian Pesano was the Riders' top scorer with 17 points.
Watervliet held a slim 13-12 lead after one quarter, but broke the game open in the second stanza with a 25-3 run. The Cannoneers led 57-25 after three quarters.
Ichabod Crane (1-7, 4-9) travels to Voorheesville on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
WATERVLIET (67): Beason 5-0-11, Chestnut 4-0-10, Croley 6-1-14, Dickson 0-1-1, Gordon 1-0-2, Mallory 9-0-18, Robinson 2-2-6, Wheatley 2-0-5. Totals 29-4-67.
3-pointers: Chestnut 2, Beason, Croley, Wheatley.
ICHABOD CRANE (31): Antalek 1-0-2, Boham 1-0-3, Brown 1-1-3, Kennedy 2-0-4, Mullica 1-0-2, Pesano 7-1-17. Totals 13-2-31.
3-pointers: Pesano 2, Boham.
Germantown 69, Bishop Maginn 48
GERMANTOWN -- Germantown remained unbeaten in Central Hudson Valley League boys basketball play with a 69-48 conquest of Bishop Maginn on Friday.
Bryan Bathrick led the Clippers (6-0, 8-3) with 20 points. Robbie Eaton had 15, Dan Kellenbenz 14 and Dylan Mayr 11.
Treylan Cortina had 20 points for Maginn.
Germantown hosts Doane Stuart on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
BISHOP MAGINN (48): Cortina 7-4-20, Davis 2-3-8, Gonzalez 3-0-7, McMullen 3-0-7, Williams 3-0-6. Totals 18-7-48.
3-pointers: Cortina 2, Davis, Gonzalez, McMullen.
GERMANTOWN (69): Anderson 2-0-4, Bathrick 6-6-20, Decker 1-1-3, Eaton 6-3-15, A. Kellenbenz 1-0-2, D. Kellenbenz 5-4-14, Mayr 4-3-11. Totals 25-17-69.
3-pointers: Bathrick 2.