CATSKILL — Catskill moved a game closer to a perfect season in Patroon Conference boys basketball with a 77-56 victory over Rensselaer on Saturday afternoon.

The Cats are now 15-0 in the Patroon and can finish unbeaten in league play with a victory at Coxsackie-Athens on Tuesday. The Cats are 17-1 overall and currently ranked sixth in the state in Class B.

Rensselaer certainly was not a pushover in Saturday’s game and gave the Cats a game well into the third quarter before running out of gas.

“We knew Rensselaer was going to come in ready to play,” Catskill coach Doug Lampman said. “They have had some quality wins and have put together a nice season. It was a fun game to coach because their staff was making a lot of adjustments that kept us coaching.

“I thought we stayed with what we are good at and eventually that was enough. Defensively, we used a lot of guys this afternoon and that was the difference.”

The Cats led 21-15 after one quarter and 39-31 at halftime. The Rams got to within 46-42 late in the third quarter, but Catskill finished the stanza on an 11-5 run to take a 57-47 advantage into the final eight minutes.

Lavon Fernandez led the Cats with 22 points. DeVon Haye contributed 18 and Leviticus Johnson had 10.

Samir Lockhart was Rensselaer’s top scorer wth 22 points. Ramell Johnson added 10 and Amani Nixon had nine.

RENSSELAER (56): Baker 1-1-3, Johnson 4-0-10, Lockhart 7-6-22, Nixon 3-0-9, Sullivan 3-1-8, Wright 2-0-4. Totals 20-8-56.

3-pointers: Nixon 3, Johnson 2, Lockhart , Sullivan.

CATSKILL (77): Christian 2-2-6, Fernandez 10-2-22, Gibbs 2-2-6, Haye 7-4-18, Johnson 3-3-10, Lowe-Scott 3-1-7, Donely 1-2-4, Scott 2-0-4. Totals 30-16-77.

3-pointers: Johnson.

NON-LEAGUE

Ichabod Crane 67, Chatham 44

VALATIE — Brett Richards scored 20 points to highlight Ichabod Crane’s 67-44 non-league boys basketball victory over Chatham on Saturday.

Ichabod Crane jumped out to an 18-6 lead through one quarter of play and widened the gap to 33-13 at halftime and 53-31 by the end of the third stanza.

Zach Kennedy added 15 points to the Riders’ attack. Ed Ogden had 12.

Jayshawn Williams’ 11 points topped Chatham. Quinten Kastner had 10.

CHATHAM (44): Kastner 4-1-10, Baccaro 1-0-2, Ford 2-0-6, Gregg 3-0-8, T. Jeralds 1-0-2, Thorsen 1-0-3, Van Tassel 1-0-2, Williams 5-1-11. Totals 18-2-44.

3-pointers: Ford 2, Gregg 2, Kastner, Thorsen.

ICHABOD CRANE (67): Clickman 0-1-1, Dolan 1-0-2, Holzhauer 1-1-4, Kennedy 5-0-15, Mulica 1-0-3, Ogden 5-0-12, Richards 10-0-20, Vecellio 1-0-2, Walsh 2-2-6, Wheeler 1-0-2. Totals 27-4-67.

3-pointers: Kennedy 5, Ogden 2, Mulica, Holzhauer.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

PATROON

Catskill 48, Rensselaer 36

CATSKILL — Janay Brantley recorded a double-double, scoring 28 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to lead Catskill to a 48-36 victory over Rensselaer on Saturday morning.

Hannah Konsul had eight points and 13 rebounds for the Cats, who built quarterly leads of 8-6, 24-14 and 35-28.

Jasmine Allert had 11 points for Rensselaer. Jordan Van Wie added 10.

RENSSELAER (36): Allert 4-0-11, Brown 2-0-4, Cancer 2-3-7, Jones 1-0-2, Lopez 1-0-2, Van Wie 5-0-10. Totals 15-3-36.

3-pointers: Allert 3.

CATSKILL (48): Brantley 9-5-28, Konsul 3-1-8, Leipman 2-0-6, O’Connell 1-0-2, Salierno 1-0-2, Sisto 1-0-2. Totals 16-8-48.

3-pointers: Brantley 5, Leipman 2, Konsul.

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