Press-Republican

December 5, 2012

Defense leads Clinton over Adirondack in OT

--
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — After a two-point loss to Adirondack Community College to start the season, Clinton Community College was looking to exact some revenge Tuesday.

The Cougars gained their revenge, but it took overtime to do it.

Clinton (4-4, 3-4) captured a 61-54 overtime victory against the Timberwolves in women’s college basketball.

“They beat us by two down there and we knew we didn’t play to our potential,” Cougars coach Donna Dixon said. “We knew coming in we had to do some things different.

“It was a good game; we did some things well and some things not so well at times. But, we dominated the overtime period by putting on our full-court pressure.”

Emily Decker had a strong game on the inside for Clinton with 19 points. Katelyn Gates added 14 points, seven rebounds and five steals, while Alisha Ducatte added 13 points, six assists and five steals. Katrina Garrand chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds. Ruth Paul pulled down 14 rebounds.

“It was a game of runs,” Dixon said. “We were down by two with 48 seconds left when Gates hit a 3-pointer. Alisha then stole the ball and made a layup to put us up for. We fouled them and (Kara) Tecl made both free throws, while we missed the front end of a 1-and-1. (Shelby) Graham took the ball coast-to-coast and was fouled with 1.1 seconds left and she made both free throws to tie it at 50.”

Graham led the way for Adironadck with 21 points, but it was Tecl, who scored 12 points, who proved to be the heart of the team.

Dixon moved Garrand on to Tecl towards the end of the second half and into the overtime, which proved to be the difference.

“Tecl was running the show,” Dixon said. “We put Katrina on her and took her out of the picture. We were able to take advantage with the ball out of her hands.

“We outworked them in the overtime period. We were very aggressive and hit some shots. We went 7-of-9 from the free throw line (in overtime).”

The Cougars wrap up the first semester Thursday with a 5 p.m. home contest against Word of Life.

Clinton 61, Adirondack 54 (OT)

Adirondack (54)

Graham 6-8-21, Andryuk 0-0-0, Maday 3-0-8, Servelli 0-1-1, Tecl 5-2-12, McLaughlin 2-2-6, Allen 0-0-0, Wilson 3-0-6. 19-13-54.

Clinton (61)

Garrand 4-3-11, Paul 2-0-4, Gates 4-5-14, Ducatte 5-1-13, E. Decker 7-5-19, J. Decker 0-0-0, Barber 0-0-0, Spencer 0-0-0, Seymour 0-0-0. 22-14-61.

Halftime: Clinton, 25-22.

Regulation: 50-50

3-point goals: Adirondack (3) Graham, Maday 2, Clinton (3) Gates, Ducatte 2.

MEN

Clinton 81

Adirondack 69

QUEENSBURY — Christopher Miller’s 22 points paired with Jamie Davison’s 17 points and five steals helped the Cougars grab their third straight win and defeat the Timberwolves in college hoops action.

Clinton would hold the lead for the entire game and at times had it stretched to 21 points. Each time the lead was extended SUNY Adirondack would find a way to shorten it.

“We knew coming into this game that they (Adirondack) were going to play hard,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “At one point they cut our 21-point lead down to seven.”

It was John Buddick and Josh Horton who kept bringing the Timberwolves back into the game with Buddick scoring 22 points and going 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Horton was able to tally 20 points with 12 of them coming off 3-pointers.

The Cougars’ Kyree Hull added 12 points and Stefan Radan had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mykell Crecko came close to a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. He also added three blocks to help improve his team to 6-4 overall and 5-4 in region play.

Clinton 81, Adirondack 69

Clinton (81)

Davidson 5-5-17, Coolidge 1-2-4, Hull 5-1-12, Martinez 2-0-4, Miller 9-3-22, Radan 6-2-14, Crecko 2-3-8. Totals: 30-17-81.

Adirondack (69)

Hladik 2-2-8, Thompson 0-0-0, Williams 1-0-2, Horton 8-0-20, Smith 4-0-8, Stevens3-0-7, Budwick 6-10-22. Totals: 25-12-69

Halftime: Clinton, 44-36.

3-point goals: Clinton (4) Davidson 2, Hull, Miller. Adirondack (8) Horton 4, Smith 3, Stevens.

Columbia-Greene 90

North Country 69

HUDSON — Khalil Paul exploded for 30 points including five 3-pointers for the Twins to hand the Saints their third loss of the season in men’s college basketball.

“In the first half we were pretty flat,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “There was no emotion and everything was just slow.”

North Country’s top producers were Steven Carder who had 20 points and Steven Poulter who chipped in 18 with 15 of those points coming from behind the arc. Michael Boyea and Ian Henderson each added nine points in the loss.

At the half the Saints were down by 10 and two quick baskets by Columbia-Greene to open the second put North Country in a tough position to battle back.

“We had to play out of character in the second half,” LaDue said. “We were slow to the ball and they hit some decent shots. We just didn’t have it tonight.”

Columbia-Greene 90

North Country 69

Columbia-Greene (90)

Hallilgin 6-4-16, St. Jaen 6-0-13, Phillips 4-1-10, Paul 11-3-30, Buck 2-2-7, Shivers 1-2-4, Williams 2-1-6, Thomas 1-0-3. Totals: 23-13-90.

North Country (69)

Douglass 2-2-6, Poulter 6-1-18, Boyea 3-2-9, Grcic 0-0-0, Henderson 3-0-9, Brock 1-0-3, Patraw 0-0-0, Mills 1-1-3, Poupore 0-0-0, Carder 8-4-20. Totals: 14-10-69.

Halftime: Columbia-Greene, 39-29 .

3-point goals: Columbia-Greene (10) Paul 5, St. Jaen, Phillips, Buck, Williams, Thomas. North Country (10) Poulter 5, Boyea, Henderson 3, Brock.