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.”