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HUDSON — The Coxsackie-Athens Indians were in Hudson to play the Bluehawks Monday night, to make up a game from back in December.
Hudson defended their home court successfully here, earning a 73-59 Patroon Conference boys basketball win.
The Bluehawks had four players in double figures, Dayquan Griffin leading that group with 26 points.
The Indians were competitive early in the first quarter, boxing out for rebounds and second chance points, tough on defense, and effectively aggressive.
By the end of the first period, the Bluehawks’ slim 15-13 lead was certainly not insurmountable. Both sides kept pace with their performances in the previous quarter, as they entered the second.
After a few sloppy possessions, Hudson was being more careful with the ball, and got it to Griffin in the paint on multiple occasions where he was unmatched.
After a very hard foul on Hudson’s Charles Daly, the Indians managed to tie the game at 31. However, the Bluehawks had time left for one shot before halftime, and hit a clutch three point shot to take back the lead 34-31 going into the locker room.
Hudson went on a 8-2 run to start the second half, and this gave the Bluehawks the cushion they needed to maintain their lead for the remainder of the game.
The Indians could not play as intense defense in the third period due to being in foul trouble, and this resulted in the lead widening even further.
Starting the fourth quarter, Hudson was up by 17 points and Coxsackie-Athens suddenly increased their intensity once again. The Indians tried their best to mount a comeback, but it was not in the cards this night.
The Bluehawks got a handle on things and took their 73-59 lead down to the final buzzer, earning their sixth Patroon Conference win on the season, and dropping Coxsackie-Athens below .500 in conference to 3-4.