November 4, 2013

Experience counts for Cougars

PLATTSBURGH — With a freshman-laden lineup, the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team finished 14-14 and failed to make the Region III tournament a season ago. 

Coach Kevin Daugherty, though, said area basketball enthusiasts shouldn’t expect the same results at the conclusion of his squad’s 2013-14 campaign.

Daugherty, now in his ninth season behind the bench, returns four second-year players and welcomes a significant number of contributors to the program.

“Jamie Davison, Kyree Hull, Mykelle Krecko and Bayron Carter — three of those guys started on a .500 team, so we’re expecting to be an improved, good club,” Daugherty said. “Last year, we were youthful and we played like it. We made mistakes down the stretch in close games, losing four contests by a point. It cost us a chance at regionals. This group, however, has a load of experience and knows what it takes to get the job done.”

Krecko was the team’s impact player last winter. A 6-foot-10-inch center from Peekskill, Krecko averaged 13 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. Krecko will be joined in the post by 6-foot-6-inch Thomas Ryan.

Ryan, who registered 1,080 points at nearby Beekmantown, will add to the team’s height in the paint.

“We really like our size,” Daugherty said. “We’re glad that Tom’s with us, too. He can definitely score down low. Mykelle is a proven leader, and we’re expecting him to have a great year.

“As a freshman, he had some very impressive games, including two 20-rebound games and another with nine blocks. He jumps well and is a good passer. Tom compliments him with his physicality. The two of them have very good hands in the post, so that’s a plus.”

Despite losing leading scorer Chris Miller to graduation, Daugherty returns Hull and Davison in the backcourt.

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