JOHNSTOWN — Coming off a big win over Clinton Community College last Friday to open its season, the North Country Community College men’s basketball team didn’t let up Sunday.
The Saints (2-0) went on the road for another big win, erasing a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 83-78.
“Fulton-Montgomery is very good, very athletic,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “They just got done beating Hudson Valley on Thursday, and Hudson Valley is good as well.
“To come here on the road and to start off the season, 2-0, we’re very happy. I was a little concerned because we had such a high Friday night after the double-overtime win over Clinton, our rival. I thought we’d be satisfied with that, but these guys weren’t.”
The Raiders held a 41-35 lead at the half before the Saints took over in the second half.
“We came out in the first three minutes of the second half and took the lead,” LaDue said. “We were able to get the ball inside to Steve Carder.
“At the 15-minute mark, Steve picked up his third and fourth fouls and was out until the six-minute mark. Guys like Jared Heden, Michael Boyea and Alex Brock stepped up.”
Carder and Steven Poulter finished with 16 points each, while Heden added 15, Brody Douglass 14, Ian Henderson 11 and Boyea 11.
“Today, if you look at it, there were six players in double figures,” said LaDue. “We played six or seven guys in the second half, and they shared the basketball. We were able to take over with five minutes to go and hang on down the stretch.”
Aaron Morton and Khaleeq Baum led the Raiders with 15 points apiece, while Jose Lopez added 13 and Qwatee Williams 10.
North Country C.C. 83,
Fulton-Montgomery C.C. 78
North Country C.C. (83)