UTICA — Unfortunately for the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team, it was another close one that got away Sunday.
Mohawk Valley Community College rallied in the second half for a 71-66 decision over the Cougars.
“We had lost to them by one point at home a couple of weeks ago,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “It was more of the same today.”
The Cougars held a 38-34 lead at the half, but the Hawks outscored Clinton by a 37-28 margin after the intermission.
“We played very well in the first half — we played with a lot of energy and shot the ball well,” Daugherty said. “They pressed us the entire 40 minutes, and we took decent care of the basketball until the last five minutes of the game.
“We led by as many as nine points in the second half, but they came back to take a six-point lead. We had it down to three points with under a minute to go, but turned the ball over and then couldn’t stop them.”
Dimitri Campbell led a balanced Hawk offensive attack with 15 points. Basil Harvey added 14, and Dev Pinnock finished with 12.
Chris Miller poured in 24 points for the Cougars, while Mykell Krecko added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Jamie Davison finished with nine points.
“We were right there with them,” Daugherty said. “But against good and athletic teams like Mohawk, you have to take good care of the basketball.”
The setback dropped the Cougars to 11-12 overall and 8-11 in the region.
“We have five games remaining, including four region games,” Daugherty said. “We’ll need to win all four region games to make the playoffs.”
The Cougars are at Jefferson Community College on Thursday.
Mohawk Valley 71, Clinton 66
Krecko 8-2-18, Spencer 3-0-6, Miller 8-7-24, Knight 2-0-6, Davison 3-1-9, Radan 0-0-0, Coolidge 0-0-0, Carter 1-1-3. Totals: 25-11-66.
Mohawk Valley (71)
Martinez 2-0-4, Pearce 2-2-7, Pierre-Louis 1-0-2, Pinnock 5-2-12, Harley 3-6-14, Brown 3-3-9, Branch 1-2-4, Barlow 2-0-4, Campbell 6-3-15. Totals: 25-18-71.