November 17, 2013

Clinton, North Country post hoop victories

PLATTSBURGH — The Finger Lakes Community College men’s basketball team shot the ball well from 3-point range in the first half Saturday.

But that didn’t stop Clinton Community College from rebounding and winning 50-50 balls in its 77-67 defeat of the Lakers (3-3).

Bayron Carter scored a game-high 25 points, while adding eight rebounds and five assists in the 10-point win.

“We were able to keep them from getting close to the basket,” Cougars (3-1) coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They recorded one two-point field goal in the first half. We did a great job on the boards in the first half. That’s what got us our 11-point lead at halftime.”

Clinton’s lead, however, was short lived.

Finger Lakes clawed its way back into the ballgame, tying the score and eventually going ahead.

“For the first five minutes of the second half, we stopped rebounding and let them get back in it,” Daugherty said. “We were able to weather the storm and take the lead back for good at about the 10-minute mark.

“It was a battle the rest of the way. It was a very hard-fought game. They’re a very good team, and we played well. We had 14 turnovers in the game, which was down from last Saturday’s 26 against Herkimer.”

Kyree Hull totaled 17 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mykelle Krecko accumulated 17 points and 17 rebounds, good for a double-double.

Former Northeastern Clinton product Jamie Davison finished with three 3-pointers for nine points to go along with four steals.

Nic Cesar paced the Lakers with 21 points. Brandon Bullock added 17 in the 10-point loss.

The Cougars will play host to Corning Community College at 11 a.m. today. North Country Community College defeated the Red Barons Saturday, 67-63.

“We’ll have a tough one (Sunday),” Daugherty said.

Clinton 77, Finger Lakes 67

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