February 2, 2014

Second half haunts Clinton in loss to Herkimer

HERKIMER — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball dropped a 76-65 home decision to a strong Herkimer County Community College earlier in the season.

The rematch didn’t get any better for the Cougars on the road Saturday.

Jonathan Feiler became a 1,000-point scorer at Herkimer when he led the Generals to a 96-76 victory.

Feiler, needing only four points to reach the milestone, hit a 15-footer early in the first half as the Generals (18-4) took a 49-41 halftime lead.

“It was an exciting first half,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Both teams played hard and it was up and down with several dunks.

“They shot well all game and jumped out early to a 9-0 lead. We came back to tie it, at 19-all, and it was a good battle between two good teams.

“They were able to go up by eight, 49-41, at the half.”

The Cougars, however, couldn’t keep up with the Generals in the second half.

“We had trouble running our half-court offense against their zone,” Daugherty said. “They just continued to shoot an incredible percentage and we weren’t able to keep up with them,

“They wore us down.”

Wendall Williams, Enson Garcia and Feiler combined to score 76 of Herkimer’s points. Williams finished with 28, Garcia 25, including seven 3-pointers, and Feiler, 23.

“Williams set the tempo for them — he did a good job pushing the ball.”

Kyree Hull paced the Cougars (17-6, 14-6) with 22 points, while Jamie Davison added 13 points and 10 assists, Mykelle Krecko 12 points and 11 rebounds, Bayron Carter 11 points and Charles Grant, 10.

The Cougars are back on the court on Wednesday when they host Hudson Valley Community College.

Herkimer 96, Clinton 76

Clinton (76)

Davison 5-0-13, Carter 4-0-11, Hull 9-3-22, Valladares 0-0-0, Bailey 0-0-0, Krecko 5-2-12, Lamboy 0-0-0, Ryan 3-2-8, Grant 3-2-10. Totals: 29-9-76.

Herkimer (96)

Galey 2-0-4, Collins 3-0-8, DeChalus 1-0-2, Williams 12-2-28, Hunter 2-2-6, Garcia 9-0-25, Foden 0-0-0, Feiler 8-7-23. Totals: 37-11-90.

Halftime: Herkimer, 49-41.

3-point goals: Clinton (9): Davison 3; Carter 3; Grant 2; Hull. Herkimer (11): Garcia 7; Williams 2; Collins 2.

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