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.
“I was happy with the way we played yesterday,” Daugherty said. “We just didn’t play well enough to win today.”
Broome 64, Clinton 63
Davison 2-2-7, Carter 4-0-9, Hull 8-1-18, Holmes 1-0-2, Shaughnessy 0-0-0, Krecko 10-1-21, Lamboy 1-0-2, Ryan 2-0-4. Totals: 28-4-63.
Abdullah 2-3-7, Mushalla 1-0-3, D’Esti 2-2-8, Paugh 3-2-8, Chatham 5-4-17, Edwards 6-2-14, McMurray 0-0-0, Tillotson 3-1-7. Totals: 22-14-64.
3-point goals: Clinton (3): Davison; Carter; Hull. Broome (4): Chatham 3; Mushalla.
TOMPKINS-CORTLAND 81NORTH COUNTRY 59
DRYDEN — It was a tough day for the Saints.
Tompkins-Cortland, after dropping a 93-81 home decision to Clinton Community College on Saturday, rebounded for a 22-point victory.
“We just didn’t have it today,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We dribbled the ball way too much and didn’t share the basketball.”
The Panthers were never in serious trouble after racing out to a 40-23 advantage at the half.
“We did get it to within seven points with four minutes left,” LaDue said. “But that would be as close as we would get.”
Tyseem Lyles and Robert Mills did the damage offensively for Tompkins-Cortland. Lyles finished with 25 points and Mills added 20. The two also combined to hit nine-for-nine from the foul line.
“We noticed that they hit a lot of three-pointers against Clinton the day before and we tried to take that away from them,” LaDue said. “But they were able to get to the rim and played very well.
“We don’t have that one big player to defend the middle.”
Thomas Barnes paced North Country with 12 points and Ege Cinel added 11. Matthew Gullotta added a team-high eight rebounds.
The Saints shot 36.5 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the line.
“We’re 4-4 on the season and we’ll get a little break for Thanksgiving,” LaDue said. “We will keep plugging away.”
Tompkins-Cortland 81, North Country 59
North Country (59)
Gullotta 3-0-6, Boyea 2-0-5, I. Grcic 2-1-6, Cinel 4-0-11, Cvetanovic 2-0-6, S. Grcic 1-0-2, Barnes 2-7-12, Trentsch 0-4-4, Patraw 0-0-0, Johns 0-0-0, Ramsdell 0-0-0, Gibson 2-1-5, Dunlavey 1-0-2, D. Barnes 0-0-0, Oursler 0-0-0. Totals: 19-13-59.
Spence 4-0-8, Hajnoczi 4-1-9, Smith 2-1-5, Lyles 8-6-25, Mills 8-3-20, Redden 1-0-2, Lynch 1-1-3, Squires 0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0, Nance 2-2-6, Warchocki 1-0-3, Osayami 0-0-0, Duberry 0-0-0, Costello 0-0-0. Totals: 31-14-81.
Halftime: Tompkins-Cortland, 40-23.
3-point goals: North Country (8): Cinel 3; Cvetanovic 2; Boyea; I. Grcic; T. Barnes. Tompkins-Cortland (5): Lyles 3; Mills; Warchocki.
WOMENTOMPKINS-CORTLAND 73NORTH COUNTRY 64
DRYDEN — The Saints (6-2) couldn’t follow up on a win the day before against Broome Community College.
Tompkins-Cortland jumped out to a 34-24 lead at the half and held off the Saints the rest of the way.
“We struggled today,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We got into a little bit of foul trouble and everybody played. Our second and third string weren’t able to pick up the intensity.
“We did cut it to four points a couple of times in the second half. But whenever we had a chance to get closer, we would miss a free throw and a breakaway layup.”
Meghan Ideman paced the Panthers with 19 points, while Ruthanne Foreman added 14 points, Chelsy Kern 13 and Jenna Bowman, 11. Ideman also grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds, while Taylor Policay and Forehand chipped in with 10 apiece.
Emily Lapage led North Country with 17 points, while Courtney Boyea and Reukiah Smith contributed 15 apiece as the three combined for 47 of the Saints’ 64 points. Boyea added a team-high 10 rebounds.
North Country had a difficult day shooting the basketball, going 37 percent from the field, 21.7 percent from three-point range and just 29.4 percent from the foul line.
“We have been shooting only 50 percent from the line so far this season and our trouble from there showed today,” Dumont said.
“They also killed us on the glass. They had 23 more rebounds. We tried everything to defend them, but they had a lot of second-chance points.
“But we’ve been on the road since Thursday and it was a long weekend. We’re 6-2 and will be excited to come back after the Thanksgiving break.”
Tompkins-Cortland 73, North Country 64
North Country (64)
E. Lapage 8-1-17, Uras 2-1-6, Boyea 6-0-15, S. Smith 2-0-4, R. Smith 6-2-15, Kimbrough 1-0-2, LaPage 0-0-0, Pennington 2-1-5, Burgess 0-0-0, C. Lapage 0-0-0, Hebert 0-0-0, Philippe 0-0-0. Totals: 27-5-64.
Ordway 1-1-3, Policay 2-0-4, Ideman 8-1-19, Forehand 6-0-14, Bowman 4-1-11, Adams 0-0-0, Kern 6-1-13, Keister 1-0-2, Goodwin 0-0-0, Lockwood 2-3-7. Totals: 30-7-73.
Halftime: Tompkins-Cortland, 34-24.
3-point goals: North Country (5): Boyea 3; Uras; R. Smith. Tompkins-Cortland (6): Ideman 2; Forehand 2; Bowman 2.