---- — 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.
3-point goals: Clinton (5): Knight 2; Davison 2; Miller. Mohawk Valley (3): Harley 2; Pearce.
Halftime: Clinton, 38-34.
Paul Smith’s 79,
PAUL SMITHS — Alex Medina led four players in double figures as Paul Smith’s College outlasted SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry.
Adam Klock followed with 19 points, including six 3-pointers, while Pat Wightman scored 16 points and Shiva Senthil, 14.
The Bobcats (5-18, 4-11 Yankee Conference) held a 44-26 lead at the half.
“Our ball movement and offensive execution was great in the first half,” Paul Smith’s coach Joe Akey said. “I thought we had some defensive lapses, but still did enough to build a nice halftime lead.
“ESF played much better in the second half and used a half-court trap to slowly chip into our lead. The same ball movement and half-court execution that we started the game with was not there in the second half. ESF actually took a one-point lead on two occasions with under seven minutes left.
“The team kept their composure, however, and played through the adversity. We started moving the ball again and hit some big shots.”
Brett Zimmerman led ESF with 18 points, followed by Sage Beemer with 15 and Danny MacElrath with 13.
Paul Smith’s 79, SUNY-ESF 73
MacElrath 3-7-13, Fabian 3-0-7, Prizan 3-1-8, Kowalski 2-0-4, Quinn 1-0-2, Kalette 1-0-2, George 0-0-0, Jenne 0-0-0, Zimmerman 5-8-18, Fish 0-0-0, Beamer 7-1-15, LaPort 1-2-4. Totals: 26-19-73.
Paul Smith’s (79)
Medina 8-5-22, Wightman 5-5-16, Hapgood 0-0-0, Odell 2-0-4, Senthil 5-2-14, Klock 6-1-19, McCuin 2-0-4. Totals: 28-13-79.
3-point goals: SUNY-ESF (2): Fabian; Prizan. Paul Smith’s (10): Klock 6; Senthil 2; Medina; Wightman.
Halftime: Paul Smith’s 44, SUNY-ESF 26.
Mohawk Valley 71,
UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College gained a measure of revenge on the Clinton Community College women’s basketball team.
On Jan. 27 in Plattsburgh, the Cougars recorded a 55-52 upset of the Hawks, who were ranked second in the nation in Region III, Division III.
Sunday, Mohawk Valley turned the tables with a one-sided win.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well at all,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We shot 24 percent from the field, and they shot 40 percent.
“We just didn’t have it today. We did a better job on the boards in the second half, but we still turned the ball over too much. We didn’t stick to our game plan. Still, the girls played hard.”
Stevie Ray paced Mohawk Valley with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Sana Hafeez followed with 15 points, and Shaniece Brown added 11.
Katrina Garrand led the Cougars (10-8) with 13 points, and Emily Decker added 11. Meg Barber chipped in seven rebounds for Clinton, which was without the services of the injured Jessica Decker.
The Cougars have a busy week ahead with four games. The first of four is Tuesday at home against North Country Community College.
Mohawk Valley 71, Clinton 38
Garrand 3-4-13, Gates 0-4-4, Ducatte 3-0-6, E. Decker 4-3-11, Paul 0-0-0, Barber 0-2-2, Horton 1-0-2, Agoney 0-0-0. Totals: 11-13-38.
Mohawk Valley (71)
Brown 5-1-11, Brooks 1-0-3, Ray 6-3-19, Way 2-2-7, Walker 4-0-8, Jones 0-0-0, Harewood 0-0-0, Thomas 3-0-6, Giles 1-0-2, Suarez 0-0-0, Hafeez 5-5-15. Totals: 27-11-71.
3-point goals: Clinton (3): Garrand 3. Mohawk Valley (6): Ray 4; Brooks; Way.
Halftime: Mohawk Valley, 30-11.