---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team wasted no time putting points on the board in its season opener Monday.
The Cougars jumped out to a 48-18 halftime lead before adding 39 points in the second half in an 87-48 rout over Word of Life Bible Institute.
Bayron Carter finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Mykelle Krecko added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.
“Everybody got a lot of playing time, which is always nice,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We shot the ball pretty well. Tom Ryan was 7-for-8 from the field.”
Ryan, a former 1,000-point scorer at Beekmantown, accumulated 15 points in his Cougars debut. Jonathan Lamboy was one of four Clinton players to account for double-digit scoring, totaling 12 points.
Jamie Davison recorded nine points and five steals, while Kyree Hull (eight), Jalik Banks (eight) and Brian Ortiz (six) combined for 22 points.
Krecko had five assists, while Hull snagged four steals on the defensive side of the basketball.
Daugherty, however, said his team needs to do a better job in transition in preparation for North Country Community College Wednesday.
“We’re going to have to do a much better job getting back on defense,” Daugherty said. “North Country does a great job pushing it in a hurry. Our second-year guys know that it’s going to be a totally different atmosphere. It’s a great rivalry and will be a completely different game than what we had (Monday).”
Carter had the hot hand for the Cougars, connecting on two 3-pointers from the perimeter.
Justin Cousins was the high scorer for Word of Life, firing 15 points.
Clinton 87, Word of Life 48
Word of Life (48)
Proctor 2-0-4, Baker 4-0-9, Newell 2-1-5, Andryuk 1-0-2, Burtis 2-0-4, Taylor 1-0-3, Kokosinki 1-0-3, Freeman 0-1-1, Cousins 6-1-15, Richards 1-0-2. Totals: 20-3-48.
Davison 2-5-9, Carter 6-1-15, Hull 4-0-8, Ryan 7-1-15, Krecko 5-0-10, Ortiz 3-0-6, Holmes 0-0-0, Banks 4-0-8, Lamboy 4-4-12, Bailey 1-0-2, Valladares 1-0-2. Totals: 37-11-87.
Halftime: Clinton, 48-18.
3-point goals: Word of Life (5) Baker, Taylor, Kokosinki, Cousin 2. Clinton (2) Carter 2.
NORTH COUNTRY 58, WORD OF LIFE 13
SARANAC LAKE — Courtney Boyea started off her college career with a bang Monday as she helped the Saints defeat Word of Life.
The Chateaugay graduate scored 16 points to lead a balanced North Country attack.
Reukiah Smith tallied nine points for the Saints, while Veronica Uras scored eight points.
Former Northeastern Clinton standout Skylar Hebert scored four points in the win.
“I thought our pressure was really, really good in the first half,” Saints coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We shot the ball well; we shared the ball well. I was really impressed with the way we played.
“I was very happy with our intensity and how we came out. And, that includes the players on our bench. They kept the intensity going for the girls and that really helps us in the first half.”
North Country accumulated a 47-5 halftime lead on Word of Life.
The Saints had 11 players get into the scoring column Monday.
“I think we are a pretty deep team, which will help us in the future,” Dumont said. “And, I think we rebounded well (Monday). I thought it was going to be an issue, but we rebounded well for our size. They had some big girls in the middle.
“Hopefully our pressure will be able to continue in the future … for 40 minutes.”
North Country is back at it Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mohawk Valley.
North Country 58, Word of Life 13
Word of Life (13)
Gonzalez 0-0-0, Wolf 1-0-2, Libby 1-0-2, Fleming 1-1-3, Blessard 2-0-4, Einwchter 0-0-0, Petrides 0-0-0, Harvey 1-0-2, Hopkins 0-0-0. Totals: 6-1-13.
North Country (58)
Uras 3-0-8, Bridges 0-0-0, R. Smith 4-1-9, Hebert 2-0-4, Philippe 1-0-3, Kimbrough 2-0-4, A. LaPage 2-1-5, Pennington 0-1-1, Boyea 7-0-16, Burgess 0-0-0, S. Smith 2-0-4, E. Lapage 1-0-2, C. Lapage 1-0-2. Totals: 25-3-58.
Halftime: North Country, 47-5.
3-point goals: North Country (5) Uras 2, Philippe, Boyea 2.