CHATHAM -- Lavon Fernandez and Nytrell Franklin-Hedgepeth combined for nearly half of their team's points as a shorthanded Hudson squad defeated Chatham, 63-51, in Tuesday's Patroon Conference basketball game.
The Bluehawks were missing three players, including starters Willie Walker and Willie Jones. Jones, the team's standout freshman, moved from the area over Christmas break and is no longer with the team.
Hudson posted quarterly leads of 19-9, 37-25 and 51-38 and were up by as much by 20 in the second half, but the Panthers never folded the tents and gave coach John Thorsen maximum effort.
"The kids played really hard," Thorsen said. "I think that sometimes they don't understand that when you're playing a team like Hudson just how much effort it takes. A couple lapses can be the difference of 6-8-10 points in a minute and a half to two minutes. But I was very proud of their effort. We battled and it was a step in the right direction. This is something we can build off of."
Thorsen was pleased that the team showed improvement over Friday's lacluster 51-44 loss to Coxsackie-Athens
"I did not feel good about our effort and our attitude the past couple practices and games," Thorsen said. "Tonight I feel we came out and the guys put themselves aside and battled for their teammates, they sacrificed and that's really what we need to do. It's a scrappy league and there's going to be a lot of opportunities out there. It's going to be the teams that battle and are willing to put their own personal gain aside that are going to win some of these battles."
The final spread of 12 points was also a huge improvement for the Panthers from the 48-point beating Hudson put on them in the season opener.
While pleased with the victory -- the teams' 41st straight in conference play -- Hudson coach Shawn Briscoe admitted it was not one of Hudson's better performances.
"We didn't play to our potential," Briscoe said. "We're still trying to figure out how to play without a couple of key guys, but at the end of the day we need to figure that out. You can't make excuses. Chatham played hard, they're well-coached and they threw everything at us that they could. We didn't shoot the ball real well and we never got into any kind of rhythm offensively. They guys just have to execute better, and they know that. We just have to execute and play better, overall."
Fernandez led the Bluehawks with 16 points. Franklin-Hedgepeth added 14. Matt Sweet finished with five points, but had the play of the night when he collected a defensive rebound and connected on a three-quarter court shot that hit nothing but net as the buzzer sounded, ending the first half.
Quinten Kastner's 15 points topped Chatham.
Hudson won the junior varsity game, 78-33.
Hudson (8-1, 7-0) goes to Cairo-Durham on Friday at 7, while Chatham (4-7, 2-6) hosts Catskill on Panther Pride Day on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
HUDSON (61): Franklin-Hedgepeth 5-0-14 (4), Griffin 2-0-4, Ramirez 2-4-8, Fernandez 6-3-16 (1), Sweet 2-0-5 (1), Wilburn 1-2-4, Benschop 1-1-3, Howard 1-2-4, Goldstien 1-3-5. Totals 21-15-63 (6).
CHATHAM (51): Taylor 2-3-8 (1), Kastner 7-0-15 (1), Van Tassel 1-0-3 (1), Roblez 1-0-2, Himmel 1-2-4, Spock 4-1-9, Stockman 0-3-3, Devine 2-0-4, Tran 1-1-3. Totals 19-10-51 (3).
-- Tim Martin
Catskill 65, Rensselaer 37
RENSSELAER -- Justice Brantley scored 23 points and Justin Worth recorded a double-double to help Catskill knock off Rensselaer, 65-37, in Tuesday's Patroon Conference boys basketball game.
Catskill led at every quarters stop by scores of 20-10, 32-19 and 53-23.
Worth finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Cats.
Josh Touzin had 11 points for the Rams.
"We got our man-to-man defense and made things difficult for Rensselaer," Catskill coach Doug Lampman said. "Justin Worth continues to work hard and had another great game. Justice had a family loss today and his performance under adversity helped to keep us rolling. Our go out to his family and friends."
Catskill (7-1, 10-2) goes to Chatham on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
CATSKILL (65): Bartholomew 3-0-7 (1), Abushqeir 3-1-7, Brantley 7-7-23 (2), Ivery 2-0-4, Worth 6-2-14, Haye 0-1-1, Donely 4-1-9. Totals 25-12-65 (3).
RENSSELAER (37): Mackey 1-1-4 (1), Northrup 2-2-6, Herrin 2-0-5 (1), Touzin 5-1-11, Foust 3-0-9 (3), Johnson 1-0-2. Totals 14-4-37 (5).
Greenville 73, Cairo-Durham 51
CAIRO -- Cole Ackerman struck for 33 points to spark Greenville to a 73-51 victory over Cairo-Durham in Patroon Conference boys basketball action on Tuesday.
With Ackerman leading the way, the Spartans posted quarterly leads of 17-6,33-20 and 51-37 in winning their fourth straight game.
Freshman Damien Fiducia contributed 13 points to Greenville's cause.
Noah Justice paced Cairo-Durham with 14 points. Troy Minott had 11 and Jacob Hall 10.
Greenville (4-4, 7-5) entertains Coxsackie-Athens on Friday.
GREENVILLE (73): Ackerman 13-4-33 (3), Fiducia 4-4-13 (1), Krasney 2-2-8 (2), McAneny 1-5-7, J. Mitchell 2-1-5, Mulholland 2-0-5 (1), Nicosia 1-0-2. Totals 25-16-73 (7).
CAIRO-DURHAM (51): Fountain 2-0-4, Hall 5-0-10, Handel 3-0-6, Justice 6-0-14 (2), Minott 5-1-11, Murphy 3-0-6. Totals 24-1-51 (2).
CHVL BOYS BASKETBALL
Germantown 71, Hawthorne Valley 63, 2OT
HUDSON -- Wyatt Gibbons scored six of his 28 points in the second overtime as Germantown outlasted Hawthorne Valley, 71-63, in Tuesday's Central Hudson Valley League boys basketball game.
Germantown trailed 15-14, 25-24 and 36-34 after the first three quarter stops, bu used a 16-14 scoring edge in the fourth quarter to even the score at 50-50 and force overtime. Both teams scored 10 in the first extra session, but with Gibbons leading the way in the second overtime, the Clippers outscored Hawthorne Valley 11-3 to escape with the victory.
Dave Kellenbenz followed Gibbons with 17 points for Germantown. Brian bathrick added 12 and Kevin velez had 11.
Jonas Davis scored 23 points to lead Hawthorne Valley. Owen Braly had 19 and Chris Davis 15.
Germantown (4-0, 7-2) plays host to Bishop Maginn on Friday at 7 p.m.
GERMANTOWN (71): Velez 5-1-11, Gibbons 11-6-28, A. Kellenbenz 0-3-3, Bathrick 5-0-12 (2), D. Kellenbenz 6-3-17 (2). Totals 27-13-71 (4).
HAWTHORNE VALLEY (63): Disbrow 0-0-0, C. Davis 5-1-15 (4), J. Davis 7-5-23 (4), Schaffer 3-0-6, Braly 7-0-19 (5). Totals 22-6-63 (13).
COLONIAL BOYS BASKETBALL
Cobleskill 64, Ichabod Crane 36
VALATIE -- Brennan Loder led Cobleskill-Richmondville to a 64-36 victory over Ichabod Crane on Tuesday night in Colonial Council varsity boys basketball.
Loder exploded for a game-high 22 points.
Rama Culver scored a team-high eight points for the Riders. Christian Pesano added seven.
COBLESKILL (64): A. Javitz 1-1-1-3; B. Loder 9-2-2-22 (2); S. Maniscalco 1-0-2; L. Moore 1-0-2; D. Pacatte 9-2-4-20; J. Prior 1-0-2; A. Tracy 2-0-4; M. Vanderwerken 4-0-9 (1); Totals: 28-5-7-64 (3).
ICHABOD CRANE (36): J. Baumgartner 1-0-3 (1); D. Brown 0-3-4-3; R. Culver 3-2-2-8; Z. Kennedy 1-0-3 (1); E. Ogden 2-0-6 (2); C. Pesano 2-2-2-7 (1); A. Walsh 3-0-6; Totals: 12-7-8-36 (5).
PATROON GIRLS BASKETBALL
Greenville 54, Cairo-Durham 41
CAIRO -- Greenville overcame a 16-7 first quarter deficit to defeat Cairo-Durham 54-41 in Patroon Conference varsity girls basketball on Tuesday night.
"We have played Cairo-Durham three times this season. They played us so hard each time," Greenville coach Brian Haller said. "Keith has done a great job this year putting his girls in positions to be successful. He's stepping down after this season. I'm going to miss going against him and his teams. Cairo-Durham has a bunch of quality wins this season. I'm glad we're done playing against his team. They fight until the end. Unless, of course, our paths cross in sectionals."
Ava Fitzmaurice led the Lady Spartans with a game-high 28 points. Skylar Van Fleet added 10.
Cairo-Durham's Mikaela Phillips pumped in 16 points.
GREENVILLE (54): A. Fitzmaurice 8-8-8-28 (4); N. Krasney 1-0-2; K. McGuinness 4-0-8; K. Pfleging 1-0-2; I. Trostle 2-0-4; S. Van Fleet 5-0-10; Totals: 21-8-8-54 (4).
CAIRO-DURHAM (41): H. Kleinmeier 2-0-4; A. Myers 1-2-3-4; M. Phillips 6-4-7-16; J. Poulsen 0-5-9-5; Jo. Poulsen 1-2-4-4; S. Sharkey 2-2-4-6; A. Smith 1-0-2; Totals: 13-15-27-41.
COLONIAL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Ichabod Crane 51, Cobleskill 46
COBLESKILL -- Madie Graham and Abbie Grace led Ichabod Crane to a 51-46 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville on Tuesday night in Colonial Council varsity girls basketball.
Graham scored 16 points to lead the Lady Riders as Grace added 15. Kyla Elliott chipped in with nine.
Cobleskill's Sabrina Pressley scored a game-high 19 points.
ICHABOD CRANE (51): A. Duso 1-0-2; K. Elliott 3-3-3-9; A. Grace 7-1-3-15; M. Graham 5-2-2-16 (4); M. Kowalski 0-2-2-2; R. Paul 1-3-5-5; S. Verbraska 1-0-2; Totals: 18-11-15-51 (4).
COBLESKILL (46): S. Allewie 0-1-2-1; L. Hill 4-1-2-11 (2); E. Osterhoudt 1-0-2; A. Pacatte 5-2-6-13 (1); S. Pressley 8-3-7-19; Totals: 18-7-17-46 (3).
Catskill 5, Cairo-Durham 0
CATSKILL — Catskill returned from the holiday break to defeat Cairo-Durham 5-0 in Patroon Conference varsity bowling on Tuesday.
The Cats held a total pinfall advantage of 3,234-2,913.
Cassie Abel led Catskill witha 227 high game and a 603 triple. Scott Corrado added a 225-570 and Kiora Christiana added a 212-531.
“I’m very happy with how the kids performed, especially after the long lay-off with vacation and the snow,” Catskill coach Len Reyngoudt said. “Cairo bowled extremely well the first games. They have improved a lot since out first match.”
C-D’s Phil Decker shot a 223-599, James Brody had a 191-572 and Chris Morse added a 170-498.
Catskill (6-0, 28-2 points) hosts Coxsackie-Athens on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Coxsackie-Athens 4, Chatham 1
CATSKILL — Coxsackie-Athens picked up a 4-1 victory over Chatham on Tuesday afternoon in Patroon Conference varsity bowling.
Despite the loss, the Panthers scored a total pinfall win of 2,841-2,747.
Indians’ Michael Taber shot a 247 high game with a 586 triple. Devyn Bagley added a 194-557 and Kamryon Harris shot a 191-540.
Chatham’s Andrew Duso rolled a 214-600 while Matt Campbell added a 179-499.
C-A (4-2, 19-11 points) faces Catskill on Thursday at 4 p.m.