BOYS BASKETBALL: Johnson, Scott combine for 52 to propel Catskill past C-A

Matt Fortunato/Columbia-Greene Media Catskill boys basketball coach Pat Hernandez speaks with his team during a timeout in Tuesday’s season opener against Coxsackie-Athens.

CATSKILL — The Catskill Cats won their opening game Tuesday night against the Coxsackie-Athens Indians, by an 88-54 final score. Catskill’s Leviticus Johnson led all scorers with 30 points, and teammate Logan Scott added 22 of his own.

The Cats had a hot start, scoring early and often in the first quarter. Johnson helped facilitate that offensive onslaught in the beginning, scoring nine of Catskill’s 23 points in the quarter. After the first period, the Indians were down 23-14, but their intensity would not waiver. Though down by double digits through much of the game, the Indians fought for rebounds and capitalized on second chance points to keep it interesting. However, the Cats scored at will throughout, and kept Coxsackie-Athens at more than an arm’s length away from getting back into the game. The first half ended with Catskill up 41-25, with their lead to grow larger still, in the third quarter.

The Cats went on a 12-2 run to start the second half, increasing their lead to 26 with no signs of slowing down. To the Indians’ credit, they would hit a few shots in bunches and caught the Cats sleeping a few times, but they were unable to keep up with the cohesive execution that Catskill displayed.

The fourth quarter was much of the same for the Cats, scoring every chance they took, and nearly doubling the Indians’ score at multiple points in the game. Catskill nearly had the game on autopilot for the final few minutes and cruised to a season-opening victory.

C-A (54): Hynes 1-5-8, Kiefer 6-2-14, Maurer 2-0-4, O’Conner 2-0-5, Richardson 3-1-7, Roe 7-0-16. Totals 21-8-54.

3-pointers: Roe 2, Hynes, O’Connor.

CATSKILL (88): Brantley 3-2-10, Darling 2-0-4, Devlin 3-0-7, Hayden 1-0-2, Haye 5-0-10, Johnson 13-2-30, Korsu 1-0-2, Lyles 0-1-1, Scott 11-0-22. Totals 39-5-88.

3-pointers: Brantley 2, Johnson 2, Devlin.

Hudson 78, Taconic Hills 38

CRARYVILLE — Isaiah Maines poured in 24 points to lead Hudson to its second straight victory, a 78-38 decision over Taconic Hills in Tuesday’s high school boys basketball game.

Hudson started fast and never let up, grabbing quarterly leads of 24-10, 48-16 and 66-28.

Noah Hedgepeth contributed 19 points to Hudson’s attack. Caleb Romano chipped in with nine. The Bluehawks knocked down 10 three-pointers.

Damian Doty’s eight points topped Taconic Hills.

Hudson hosts Chatham on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while Taconic Hills goes to Ichabod Crane on Friday at 6 p.m.

HUDSON (78): Maines 11-1-24, Hedgepeth 7-2-19, Johnson 2-0-4, Romano 3-1-9, Moore 1-1-3, Cunningham 2-1-6, DeJesus 2-0-6, Burgos 1-0-3, Wilburn 2-0-4. Totals 31-6-78.

3-pointers: Hedgepeth 3, DeJesus 2, Romano 2, Cunningham, Maines, Burgos.

TACONIC HILLS (38): Rowe 2-0-4, VAn Alstyne 2-0-4, Howard III 1-2-4, Doty 2-4-8, Beck 3-0-6, Preuser 1-0-2, Atwood 2-1-5, Hunter 2-0-4, Miller 0-1-1. Totals 15-8-38.

Greenville 73, Cairo-Durham 43

CAIRO — Trey Smith nailed five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points to lead unbeaten Greenville to a 73-43 victory over Cairo-Durham in Tuesday’s high school boys basketbal game.

With Smith leading the way, the Spartans (5-0) rolled to quarterly leads of 17-8, 29-13 and 41-25.

Ben Lewis had 15 for Greenville. Damian Fiducia contributed 14.

Alek Wagor topped Cairo-Durham with 14 points.

Cairo-Durham hosts Catskill on Friday at 5:30 p.m., while Greenville entertains Coxsackie-Athens on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

GREENVILLE (73): Fiducia 5-3-14, Lewis 7-1-15, Mitchell 2-0-5, Smith 8-2-23, Makely 0-2-2, O’Connor 1-2-4, Benning 1-0-2, Domermuth 1-0-2, Motta 0-4-4, Gergen 1-0-2. Totals 26-14-73.

3-pointers: Smith 5, Mitchell, Fiducia.

CAIRO-DURHAM (43): Phillips 3-0-8, Budz 0-2-2, Lampman 1-2-4, Wagor 5-3-14, Bruck 2-2-6, Bujak 3-0-7, O’Connell 1-0-2. Totals 15-9-43.

3-pointers: Phillips 2, Wagor, Bujak.

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