BINGHAMTON — It was that close to being a great weekend on the road for the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team.
The Cougars, however, let one slip away Sunday.
Ismail Abdullah’s two free throws were the margin of difference in Broome Community College’s 64-63 victory.
The day before, the Cougars (6-2) recorded a 93-81 win at Tompkins-Cortland Community College, while Broome dropped a home 92-80 decision to North Country Community College.
“We felt we beat ourselves today,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “It was disappointing because we felt we should have won. Unforced errors hurt us and were the difference in the game.”
Jovanni Chatham led Broome (6-4) with 17 points and Eric Edwards was next with 14.
Mykelle Krecko paced the Cougars with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Kyree Hull finished with 18 points, Bayron Carter nine points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Jamie Davison, six assists.
The Cougars looked to be in pretty good shape with a 10-point lead in the second half.
“We had a 10-point lead with 4:30 left and it looked like we were ready to take control of the game,” Daugherty said.
“But then we started to turn the ball over on our next possessions and they were able to get back into it.”
The hosts took a one-point lead going into the final minute of regulation before Charles Holmes put Clinton back on top, 63-62.
“There were 30 seconds left and we played pretty good defense,” Daugherty said. “They took a tough shot and we got the rebound. But it was knocked loose and we fouled with 19 seconds left. Abdullah then hit his two free throws to make it 64-63.
“We still had time, but didn’t get much of anything. We didn’t get what we wanted and it ended up being a desperation shot that missed.”
A 6-2 record, including a 4-2 mark in region play, isn’t a bad way to begin the season.