---- — 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).
“It’s not as if we’re getting blown out,” Daugherty reasoned. “Our biggest loss was to Jefferson by six points. We’ve lost by two in double overtime, by 3, by 2, and now by 1.
“The effort is there, but we have a lot of freshmen who are struggling to put together 40 minutes. That’s our goal, to get the players to understand they need to bring it for 40 minutes.”
Clinton CC will close out the pre-Thanksgiving schedule Monday night at Hudson Valley CC.
Cayuga CC 57, Clinton CC 56
Cayuga CC (57)
Holmes 2-1-5, Staton 5-4-14, Donerlson 2-1-6, Rufus 1-0-2, Byrd 0-0-0, Hanson 0-1-1, Donalson 0-0-0, Norgbey 1-1-3, Holley 7-3-17, Shaw 4-1-9. Totals 22-12-57.
Clinton CC (56)
Crecko 7-1-15, Miller 2-2-6, LaPoint 2-1-5, Hull 5-4-15, Davison3-2-8, Radan 1-1-3, Spencer 1-2-4, Coolidge 0-0-0, Knight 0-0-0. Totals 21-13-56.
Halftime: Clinton, 23-19.
3-point goals: Cayuga (1) Donerlson. CCC (1) Hull.
Herkimer CCC 88, NCCC 70
HERKIMER — The Generals jumped out to a commanding lead early and foiled any Saints’ comeback bid in handing North Country Community College its first loss of the season.
Herkimer (6-1) took a 47-31 lead by the break with a 3-point barrage. NCCC (5-1) got it under 10 points in the second half, but couldn’t close the deal.
“We got off to a slow start tonight and all game-long, it seemed as if we were trying to fight back,” NCCC Coach Chad Ladue said. “It seemed that every time we got it to single digits they would come back and hit a big three.”
Demetrius Mitchell scored 21 points and Johnnie Davis, 16, to lead Herkimer.
Steve Carder led the Saints with 22 points while Brody Douglass tossed in 16.
NCCC is in Utica today to take on Mohawk Valley CC.
North Country CC (70)
Boyea 2-0-4, Douglas 3-10-16, Poultier 2-0-5, Heden 2-2-8, Carder 7-8-22, Henderson 4-0-12, Mills 1-0-3. Totals 21-20-70.
Herkimer CCC (88)
Davis 5-2-16, Floyd 2-2-7, Brown 2-1-5, Mitchell 8-0-21, Hunt 3-0-8, Lanieri 0-1-1, Jefferson 3-3-9, Thomas 3-0-7, Feiler 4-3-11, Foden 1-0-2. Totals 31-13-88.
Halftime: Herkimer, 47-31.
3-point goals: NCCC (8) Poultier, Heden, 2, Henderson 4, Mills. Herkimer (13) Davis 4, Flood, Mitchell 5, Hunt 2, Thomas.
Southern Maine 58,
Paul Smith’s Coll. 37
SOUTH PORTLAND, Me. — Southern Maine clicked on 10 of its first 11 shots to break it open early, grabbing a 58-37 lead by halftime.
Devon Carr scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Paul Smith’s (2-4, 2-2 Yankee Conference).
Shiva Senthil chipped in with 12 points and six assists while Alex Medina, Patrick Odell and Adam Klock each netted 10. Odell had six rebounds and Medina, five assists.
“They (Southern Maine) absolutely came out on fire,” Paul Smith’s Coach Joe Akey said. “The entire first half we played at their pace when we needed to slow the game down and play more in the halfcourt.”
Paul Smith’s College (37)
Medina 3-4-10, Wightman 2-1-5, Hapgood 1-0-2, Carr 6-2-16, Odell 5-0-10, Senthil 5-0-12, Klock 4-0-10, Poltorak 0-1-1, McCuin 0-1-1. Totals 26-9-67.
Southern Maine (58)
Hartford 4-1-9, Amabile 4-0-10, Donalson 6-2-16, Nouchanthauong 1-0-2, Dow 2-2-6, Powell 2-0-6, Cummings -0-0-0, Garmon 1-1-4, Bessey 0-2-2, Laing 3-0-6, Nicholson 3-0-6, Baldino 5-0-12, Atkinson 3-0-6, Loveridge 3-0-6, Lampkins 5-1-11. Totals 41-9-100.
Halftime: Southern Maine, 58-37.
3-point goals: PSC (6) Sentihel 2, Klock 2, Carr 2. SMCC (9) Amabile 2, Donalson 2, Baldino 2, Powell 2, Harmon.
Clinton CC 48, Cayuga CC 40
PLATTSBURGH — The Cougars turned back the visiting Spartans in a defensive struggle Saturday afternoon to give them a winning record (3-2, 2-2 in Region III) heading into the Thanksgiving recess.
Clinton led most of the way, but had to rally down the stretch after falling behind 39-38 midway through the second half.
“It was pretty physical; both teams got after it defensively,” CCC Coach Donna Dixon said.
“Our biggest concern was the (Tyresha) Mathis kid. She’s very athletic on the post and finishes well. She got her points (21), but a lot of them were off second opportunities. We did outrebound them by 10, which was another goal today.”
Emily Decker netted 17 points to lead Clinton while Katrina Garrand contributed 11 points, four assists and six steals. Ruth Paul led the Cougars in rebounding with 13.
The Cougars won the game at the free-throw line where they connected on 16 of 27.
“We didn’t shoot particularly well, but we were able to get to the line,” Dixon said. “We hit some free throws today. The last couple of games we haven’t shot free throws very well.”
Mathis, with 21 points, led Herkimer (5-2).
Clinton is idle until Nov. 29 when it will host Jefferson Community College.
“We definitely were more aggressive today and got our transition game going,” Dixon continued.
“We’re pleased with the effort. It’s a great way to go into the break.”
Clinton CC 48, Cayuga CC 40
Agnew 4-2-10, Alonso 2-0-4, Moulton 1-0-2, Smith 1-0-3, Shaff 0-0-0, Mathis 8-5-21, Butler 0-0-0. Totals 16-7-40.
Garrand 3-5-11, Paul 4-0-8, Gates 0-3-3, Ducatte 3-1-9, E. Decker 5-7-17, J. Decker 0-0-0, Barber 0-0-0, Spencer 0-0-0, Seymour 0-0-0. Totals 15-16-48.
3-point goals: Cayuga (1) Smith. Clinton (2) Ducatte 2.
Halftime: Clinton, 27-22.
Herkimer CCC 66, NCCC 63
HERKIMER — Whitney Brown tallied 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the host Generals held on to defeat the Saints.
Herkimer (5-2) led 37-25 at halftime, but North Country made a strong run in the second segment.
“It was a good game, but we turned the ball over too much in the first half and gave up too many second-chance points,” NCCC Coach Jerrad Dumont said.
Former Peru standout Kelly Kezar scored 14 points to lead the Saints while Brushton-Moira products Haylea Gary and Emily Lapage chipped in with 13 and 12, respectively.
North Country is in Utica today to play Mohawk Valley Community College.
North Country CC (63)
Uras 0-1-1, Demarais 2-1-5, Kezar 4-2-14, Jock 0-0-0, Gary 4-2-13, Gausby 1-0-2, Lapage 4-4-12. Totals 15-10-63.
Herkimer CCC (66)
Randio 6-4-16, Williams 5-1-13, W. Brown 8-2-19, Webb 2-2-6, Seabrooke 5-0-10, A Brown 1-0-2. Totals 27-9-66.
Halftime: Herkimer, 37-25.
3-point goals: HCCC (3) Williams 2, W. Brown. NCCC ()