Hudson Valley Sports Report


Undefeated Hambos Overwhelm Red Hook

RED HOOK – Red Hook High School boys basketball coach Matt Hayes already knew how good Chester Academy was, so he didn’t need to be impressed when his Raiders hosted the Hambletonians on Wednesday night.

And still he was blown away.

“They are as good as advertised,” Hayes said after Chester came in and dominated from the outset, beating Red Hook 80-62 in a non-league game. “They did whatever they wanted tonight. Didn’t matter what defense we ran, they scored at will.”

The numbers tell the story.

The Hambos, now 18-0 and the fourth-ranked team in the state in Class B, led by 11 after the first quarter, by 18 at halftime and by as many as 30 in the third quarter. Chester’s 80 points meant it became the first team all season to score more than 65 against the Raiders. In fact, Red Hook had allowed only two teams to even reach the 60s in 17 prior teams, so the Hambletonians obliterated that.

“We also had 22 turnovers, many of the same variety, and Chester was exceptional in converting those into points,” Hayes said.




Kevin Stein led the Hambos with 27 points, while teammates Anthony Felix and Jacob Delgado had 19 and 13, respectively.

“Kevin Stein was the best player on the floor,” Hayes said. “I was fortunate to coach him in the most recent BCANY Summer Hoops Festival. He’s a multi-faceted player who is going to make one of the SUNY schools recruiting him very happy.”

Brandon Cahill paced the Raiders with 19 points while

Luke Crittenden added 16.




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