After hitting five 3-pointers in the first half, Australian native Poulter helped create additional scoring chances en route to his team’s 18-point win.
“I guess the way we distributed the basketball, everyone was contributing,” Poulter said. “I think the fact that we were and sharing it and scoring as well, it gave everybody some confidence and generated momentum.
“That’s the most dangerous facet of our team. There are a number of guys that can step up and hit big shots. Defensively, it makes it difficult for our opponents to put emphasis on just one player.”
Daugherty recognized North Country’s ability to hit shots from the perimeter and stressed to contest them in his game plan.
“We knew they had that kind of firepower, and we just talked about playing everybody to shoot, not allowing any open looks,” Daugherty said. “If anything, it’s a credit to them moving the ball. Our team has played hard every game, but just didn’t quite have it (Wednesday). We were a step slower all night long.”
AuSable Valley graduate Jordan Coolidge paced the Cougars (11-11) in scoring, connecting on five 3-pointers for 15 points. Chris Miller added nine points in the loss.
With the win, the Saints clinched a berth in next month’s Region III Tournament at Jefferson Community College.
Poulter hopes he and his teammates can improve in late-game situations heading into playoff time.
“I thought we did a reasonable job handling pressure (Wednesday), but we need to do a better job closing out games,” Poulter said. “It’s always nice to beat our rival on the road. As we say at home, sometimes you’re the kangaroo and sometimes you’re the tracker. (Wednesday), we were the tracker.”
North Country 75,
North Country (75)
Boyea 3-3-9, Heden 4-0-8, Henderson 5-0-15, Poulter 8-0-24, Brock 1-0-2, Stone 0-1-1, Carder 5-6-16. Totals: 26-10-75.
Krecko 1-0-2, Spencer 3-1-7, Miller 3-1-9, Knight 2-0-6, Davison 1-0-3, Radan 2-0-4, Coolidge 5-0-15, Carter 3-1-8, Campbell 1-1-3. Totals: 21-4-57.
Halftime: North Country, 33-29.
3-point goals: North Country (13): Henderson 5, Poulter 8. Clinton (11): Miller 2, Knight 2, Davison, Coolidge 5, Carter.