PLATTSBURGH — Kevin Daugherty believes his Clinton Community College team is on the verge of something good — and that is after yet another tough loss Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars (2-4, 1-3 in Region III) shot themselves in the foot, and almost came away with a win, losing to visiting Cayuga Community College 57-56.
“It’s real tough to take because the effort is there,” the CCC men’s basketball coach said afterward. “We played hard and I still think we’re right there. But we had a terrible shooting today. And it wasn’t because we were taking bad shots. We were taking normal shots that usually drop, but didn’t go in today.”
Clinton was just 21 for 65 from the field and a ghastly 1 for 18 from 3-point range.
Clinton succeeded in slowing down Cayuga and led for much of the first half. The Cougars were up 23-19 at the break, but a poor start to the second half allowed the Spartans to score five in a row and eventually work their
lead to 7.
Clinton did rally, though, and actually went up by one, 56-55, inside of a minute to play.
“We did a great job defensively and got the rebound, but as we came down the floor and crossed halfcourt, we turned the ball over,” Daugherty recalled.
“They had the ball with 10 seconds to play and called timeout. When they brought it in from the sideline, someone shook loose from the perimeter. Someone (Shaquille Holley) got open and scored. I was so upset I don’t even know who scored.”
Mykell Crecko turned in a strong performance to lead the Cougars, picking up 15 points to go with 23 rebounds and three blocks. He was 7 for 11 from the field, which means the rest of the team was 14 for 54.
Kyree Hull also netted 15 for Clinton.
Holley scored 17 points and Justin Staton, 14, for Cayuga (1-5-1).