November 4, 2013

Experience counts for Cougars


Davison, a former Northeastern Clinton standout, was sixth in Region III in assists (4.8) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (40.8) as a freshman.

With nine guards on the roster, Daugherty has stressed a relentless, up-tempo attack.

“I feel that we’ve got two of the most exciting guards in the region in Jamie and Kyree,” Daugherty said. “We want to go up-tempo, but I preach defense, too. We like to run, but we want to try and play disciplined basketball in the half court. Last year, we were able to do that with our athletes like Davison and Hull.”

Daugherty expects Schroon Lake 1,000-point scorer Jesse Shaughnessy, Brian Ortiz and Charles Holmes to add depth.

“Right now, we’re comfortable with those three guys coming off the bench,” Daugherty said. “Hopefully, that number will increase over the course of the next few weeks. Holmes and Shaughnessy can hit the glass and are versatile, while Ortiz plays well on the perimeter.”

Brandon Bailey (Bronx), Jalik Banks (Brooklyn), Germaine Valladares (Bronx) and Jonathan Lamboy (Bronx) are also new additions to the program.

The Cougars will open their 29-game schedule in Plattsburgh against Word of Life Bible Institute at 7 p.m. tonight. Regional play begins when Clinton faces archrival North Country Community College at home Wednesday.

“The schedule is new for the whole region,” Daugherty said. “There are 17 teams and everybody plays each other at least once. I think come regional time; it will definitely work out for a lot of different schools and make an easier job for the committee selecting teams to the tournament.

“Region III is one of the best conferences in junior college basketball. We’ve had up to five schools ranked in the top-20 nationally.”

Daugherty said anything less than an appearance in the Region III tournament will be a disappointment.

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