Maple Hill defeated Coxsackie-Athens 72-63 in a Patroon Conference match-up. Blake Decker and Rian Jewett combined to score 40 points for the Wildcats.
The game was part of the Patroon Conference Coaches vs Cancer two day event at Columbia Greene Community College.
The Wildcats seemed focused right from the jump and darted in front to gain a significant first quarter lead 20-12.
Defense reigned supreme in the 2nd quarter as the teams scored only 20 points. The Indians cut their deficit to six points at the half, 29-23.
The Wildcats used a tough hard-nosed effort in the third quarter and outscored Coxsackie-Athens by 8 points. They continued their scoring run into the start of the fourth quarter as they opened up a 70-47 lead.
Coxsackie-Athens clawed back in the closing minutes of the fourh quarter but time was clearly a factor.
Maple Hill were in command at every quarter buzzer by margins of 8, 6, 14, & 9.
The Wildcats had a trio of players players in double figure scoring. Blake Decker and Rian Jewett paced the Wildcats with 20 points. Benjamin Marra finished with 16 points. Dominic Hirschoff totaled 9 points.
The Wildcats made 4 buckets from long range.
Maple Hill shot with first-rate accuracy from the charity stripe as they made 82.8%, 24 of 29.
Coxsackie-Athens shot exquisite from the free throw line as they produced 66.7%, 8 of 12.
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By Ed Bemiss