WEST POINT — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team was in a little over its head Sunday afternoon.
A strong West Point Prep team improved its record to 23-1 on the season with an 86-59 victory over the Cougars (19-7, 16-6) in nonregional play.
“This was, by far, the best team we’ve played this season,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They were disciplined, ran their offense to perfection and shot the ball extremely well.
“They just got done playing Navy Prep and Penn junior varsity. They have six Division I recruits on the team and their coach said today was the best they’ve played all season.”
No box score for the contest was made available, but Kyree Hull played a strong game for the Cougars with 21 points, based on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
Mykelle Krecko added a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Charles Grant chipped in with 11 points and Jamie Davison, seven points and five assists.
“We were down 21 at the half and did not play well,” Daugherty said. “We were struggling and there was a lot of moaning and groaning going on. We addressed that at the half and we came out and played well in the second half.
“We gave it a lot better effort and I was pleased that we played hard. We did attempt to make one comeback, but they hit three 3-pointers in a row. They hit 16 3-pointers for the game.
“They could really shoot it and we were in over our heads today. They ran their offense to a tee.”
The Cougars’ Krecko, Hull and Bayron Carter are from Peekskill and they had support at the game.
“There was a big crowd of fans from Peekskill,” Daugherty said. “It was a great learning experience for us, playing a team like this as the regionals approach.”
The Cougars were coming off a 69-62 victory at Columbia-Greene Community College the day before, but Daugherty said his team wasn’t tired.
“This time a year, playing back-to-back games shouldn’t hurt us,” he said. “We should be used to it.
“What happened today is that we ran into a really good team.”
The Cougars return to the court at 7 p.m. on Wednesday when they entertain Schenectady County Community College.