TROY — Clinton Community College men’s basketball coach Kevin Daugherty was a little concerned going into Thursday afternoon’s game at Hudson Valley Community College.
And he had a right to be in the first half.
The Cougars (10-3, 7-3), however, played a solid second 20 minutes and withstood the Vikings 82-80 to open the second semester with a win.
“We had a sloppy first half, and that was to be expected,” Daugherty said. “Hudson Valley beat Broome by 30 points on Saturday, and I was concerned because this was our first game back. It showed when we got down by nine in the first half before trailing 37-34. We had 10 of our 15 turnovers in the first half.
“But we played as well in the second half as we did badly in the first half. We executed very well.”
Mykelle Krecko had a monster game for the Cougars with 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks.
Kyree Hull added 23 points, and Bayron Carter had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Jamie Davison contributed seven points and five assists.
“Krecko had quite a game, and Carter hit 4-of-6 3-pointers,” Daugherty said. “Davison committed only three turnovers in playing 40 minutes. He was outstanding. And Hull took the ball strong to the basket.
“We lost Tom Ryan to an ankle injury with four minutes to go in the first half and he did not return.”
The Cougars had to change defenses three times due to Hudson Valley’s strong shooting.
“They shot the ball well throughout,” Daugherty said. “We couldn’t shake them.
“We held an 8-point lead with a minute left. They then had to play the foul game and got it down to four points. They hit a shot at the buzzer to make it a 2-point game.
“We felt we had pretty good control of the game. It was a very good win for us on the road to start the second half.”
David Suski paced the Vikings with 19 points, while Devonte Gleason and Nate Monson added 13 apiece, and Haseeb Kaurejo and Elijah Newsome 10 each.
The Cougars host Columbia-Greene Community College on Saturday.
Clinton C.C. 82, Hudson Valley C.C. 80
Clinton C.C. (82)
Davison 2-2-7, Carter 7-2-20, Hull 10-3-23, Krecko 13-1-27, Lamboy 0-1-1, Ryan 2-0-4. Totals: 34-9-82.
Hudson Valley C.C. (80)
Feaster 0-0-0, Gleason 6-0-13, Gorman 1-0-2, Kaurejo 5-0-10, Melville 1-0-3, Monson 5-0-13, Newsome 4-0-10, Pitcher 1-1-3, Suski 8-3-19. Ohanian 3-0-7. Totals: 34-4-80.
3-point goals: Clinton C.C. (5): Carter 4; Davison. Hudson Valley C.C. (8): Monson 3; Newsome 2; Gleason; Melville; Ohanian.
Halftime: Hudson Valley, 37-34.
North Country 81, SUNY Adirondack 76
QUEENSBURY — The Saints (7-5), playing their first game since Dec. 14, were able to bounce back from a seven-point deficit at halftime for a five-point victory.
Michael Boyea, a Chateaugay native, dropped a game-high 31 points, including six assists.
“I was just proud of Michael’s leadership,” North Country Community College coach Chad LaDue said. “He played all 40 minutes with a heavy heart as his community is still mourning the loss of one of their Bulldogs. I couldn’t be prouder of the performance he had. We’re very lucky to have him be a part of our basketball family. He said, ‘We’re just not going to lose (Thursday).’ It was pretty special.”
The Saints, though, got out to a sluggish start in the early going.
“Offensively, I thought we played well, but we struggled defensively,” LaDue said. “We changed our defense up a little bit. When we went to our 3-2 trap out of the half court, it got us back and pushed us ahead. Offensively, when we share the basketball, we’re a good team.”
Thomas Barnes finished in double figures with 12 points. Matt Gullotta added 11 points and 13 rebounds for double-double status, while Ivan Grcic recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds.
“This was one of SUNY Adirondack’s better teams,” LaDue said. “Our guys really had to play extremely well in the second half to help us leave with a win.
“But everybody got a chance to play (Thursday). We play Hudson Valley at 3 p.m. Saturday. It’s only going to get harder for us. They’re a very good team, and one of the biggest schools in our region. It’s always a tough matchup when we have to play them.”
North Country 81, SUNY Adirondack 76
North Country (81)
Boyea 11-9-31, Cvetanovic 2-2-6, Cinel 2-0-6, I. Grcic 4-2-10, Gullotta 5-1-11, Gibson 1-0-2, Trentsch 1-0-2, Barnes 5-1-13. Totals: 31-15-81.
SUNY Adirondack (76)
Thompson 4-1-9, Scales 2-0-4, Tarver 12-0-27, Horton 2-0-6, Stevens 5-0-11, Girard 5-0-14, Credle 1-0-3, Smith 1-0-2. Totals: 32-1-76.
Halftime: SUNY Adirondack 43-36.
WOMENNORTH COUNTRY 61, SUNY ADIRONDACK 51
GLENS FALLS — Four North Country Community College players hit in double figures as the Saints (8-4) opened their second semester with a win.
Emily Lapage led the Saints with 17 points, while Courtney Boyea added 15, Veronica Uras 12 and Abbey LaPage, 11. Emily Lapage finished with nine rebounds, Abbey LaPage six rebounds and Skylar Hebert, five steals.
North Country held a 29-23 halftime lead.
“It was nice to open the second half with a win,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We’re still down a couple of players because of the weather.
“We were able to get good play from our bench. Skylar Hebert really stepped it up on defense with her five steals.”
Shelby Graham paced Adirondack with 13 points, and Jamie McLauglin followed with 10.
The Saints will play Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday.
North Country 61, SUNY Adirondack 52
North Country (61)
Uras 2-8-12, Hebert 0-0-0, Philippe 0-0-0, A. LaPage 4-2-11, Pennington 3-0-7, Boyea 5-2-15, Burgess 0-0-0, E. Lapage 7-3-17. Totals: 21-15-62.
SUNY Adirondack (52)
Graham 6-1-13, Forcier 2-4-9, Maday 3-0-6, Warner 1-3-6, McLaughlin 3-4-10, Jenkins 2-1-5, Hanson 1-0-2. Totals: 18-13-51.
3-point goals: North Country (5): Boyea 3; A. LaPage; Pennington. SUNY Adirondack (2): Forcier; Warner.
Halftime: North Country 29-23.