CLINTON — Led by Bayron Carter’s hot shooting, the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team pulled out to a big lead early on Saturday and was able to maintain it for a 71-54 win over Columbia-Greene Community College.
Carter went 6-for-8 from behind the three-point arc and finished with 20 points. The Cougars (11-3, 8-3) led 34-10 at one point in the first half.
“We got off to a very quick start offensively,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Carter hit four threes in a row. We played pretty well throughout.”
Mykelle Krecko led Clinton with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Kyree Hull had 19 points, and Jamie Davison dished out seven assists to go along with six points. The Cougars led 44-25 at halftime and kept the Twins out of reach in the second half.
“It can be tough sometimes when you get a huge lead early to keep your focus,” Daugherty said. “I thought we did a pretty good job offensively. We executed and did the things we wanted to do.
“I know we can be more intense defensively. That’s going to be one of our goals; we need to improve if we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the season.”
Khalil Paul scored 20 points for Columbia-Greene.
Clinton visits Schenectady Community College on Tuesday.
Clinton 71, Columbia-Greene 54
Lyles 2-1-5, Paul 8-2-20, Arcuri 1-0-2, Thompson 5-4-15, Spohler 2-0-4, Bligen 1-0-2, Carvalho 2-2-6. Totals: 21-9-54.
Davison 3-2-6, Hull 9-1-19, Carter 7-0-20, Ryan 1-0-2, Krecko 9-4-22, Lamboy 1-0-2, Valladares 0-0-0, Bailey 0-0-0. Totals: 30-5-71.
Halftime: Clinton, 44-25.
3-point goals: Columbia-Greene (3) Paul 2, Thompson. Clinton (6) Carter 6.
Hudson Valley 75, North Country 71
SARANAC LAKE — Second-half turnovers eroded a 12-point lead for the Saints as they dropped a four-point decision to the Vikings.
North Country (7-6) took a 32-26 lead at the half and pushed that lead to 12 points early in the second half.
“It was a back-and-forth game pretty much from start to finish,” Saints coach Chad LaDue said. “We had a 12-point lead early in the second half, but they fought back and took the lead with about six to go.
“At the three minute mark we took the lead back, but right around 2:30 (Devonte) Gleason grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back for an and one. They went up four and gave them a little bit of separation.”
With 19 seconds to go Hudson Valley held a 73-71 lead and pushed the lead to four on Haseeb Kaurejo’s free throws. The Saints had a couple of chances from 3-point land in the final 17 seconds, but couldn’t get any to fall.
David Suski led the Vikings with 17 points, while Gleason added 15 and Elijah Newsome, 13. Kaurejo and Simon Ohanian each finished with nine points.
Ege Cinel paced North Country with 16 points. Thomas Barnes added 12 points, Nikola Cvetanovic chipped in with 11 points, and Ivan Grcic tallied 10 points and four assists.
Michael Boyea dished out five assists for the Saints, while Matthew Gullotta pulled down 12 rebounds.
“Early in the second half we uncharacteristically turned the ball over, which gave away our 12-point lead and added to theirs. We had 18 turnovers — 14 in the second half. We’re usually between 10-12 in a game, but 14 in the second half is a little high for us, especially with the guards we have.
“It was a very good game. They made the plays down the stretch when we got it within two. I am disappointed with the outcome, but definitely not with the effort the guys put forth.”
North Country travels to Fulton-Montgomery for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday.
Hudson Valley 75, North Country 71
Hudson Valley (75)
Gleason 6-3-15, Ohanian 3-2-9, Kaurejo 1-7-9, Newsome 5-2-13, Monson 3-0-6, Melville 1-0-3, Pitcher 0-1-1, Gorman 1-0-2, Suski 8-1-17. Totals: 28-16-75.
North Country (71)
Boyea 3-0-6, Cvetanovic 4-0-11, Cinel 6-0-16, I. Grcic 4-0-10, Gullotta 2-3-7, Gibson 0-0-0, Trentsch 3-0-7, Barnes 4-2-12, Dunlavey 0-2-2. Totals: 26-7-71.
Halftime: North Country, 32-26.
3-point goals: Hudson Valley (3) Ohanian, Newsome, Melville. North Country (12) Cvetanovic 3, Cinel 4, I. Grcic 2, Trentsch, Barnes 2.
WOMENHudson Valley 79, North Country 74 (OT)
SARANAC LAKE — The Saints (8-4) squandered away an eight-point lead with eight minutes remaining in regulation and eventually fell in overtime.
“I wasn’t mad that we lost,” North Country Community College coach Jerrad Dumont said. “I was mad the girls don’t listen during timeouts. I was frustrated with that (Saturday). That was the difference in the game.”
Courtney Boyea paced the Saints with 16 points, while Kaneshia Kimbrough added 15 points in the five-point loss.
“You’ve got to know your scouting report and what you went over in practice that week,” Dumont said. “Losing does not frustrate me as much as losing because of mental mistakes.”
Hudson Valley 79, North Country 74 (OT)
Hudson Valley (79)
LaPietra 4-1-9, Pino 0-0-0, Forehand 0-0-0, Tomeck 5-5-15, Alston 6-4-18, Lawson 9-4-23, Janson 6-1-13. Totals: 30-15-79.
North Country (74)
Uras 2-0-5, E. LaPage 2-2-6 Boyea 6-4-16, Pennington 2-0-4, Hebert 2-0-4, Burgess 0-1-1, Kimbrough 5-2-15, Smith 2-5-10. A. LaPage 2-2-7. Totals: 23-16-74.
Halftime: Hudson Valley, 34-30.
3-point goals: Hudson Valley (2) Alston 2, Alston. North Country (6) Kimbrough 3, Smith, Uras, A. LaPage.