---- — 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
Finger Lakes (67)
Cesar 6-5-21, Parkinson 1-0-2, Verkey 1-2-5, Bullock 7-0-17, Logsdon 0-0-0, Wiggins 0-0-0, Edwards 3-0-6, Arberry 4-8-16, Longmire 0-0-0. Totals: 22-15-67.
Davison 3-0-9, Carter 10-3-25, Hull 7-3-17, Ryan 0-0-0, Krecko 8-1-17, Ortiz 1-0-3, Holmes 1-0-2, Shaughnessy 2-0-4. Totals: 32-7-77.
Halftime: Clinton, 35-24.
3-point goals: Finger Lakes (8) Cesar 4, Verkey, Bullock 3. Clinton (6) Davison 3, Carter 2, Ortiz.
NORTH COUNTRY 67, CORNING 63
CHATEAUGAY — Michael Boyea tossed in 14 points and had six assists on his high school court as the Saints held off the Red Barons.
Tied at 32 at halftime, North Country took over in the second half. The victory could have been by even more had the Saints knocked down their free throws.
“(Corning) jumped out to an 11-3 lead on us,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We just gave up too many second-chance opportunities. We did a much better job afterwards holding them to one shot.
“We took the lead by as many as 18 points in the second half with about 11 and a half to go. They fought back, but we missed 18 foul shots. If we make even half of our missed it’s a 15-point game instead.”
Ivan Grcic added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Saints (2-2), while Matthew Gullotta finished with eight points and 11 rebounds. Thomas Barnes and Nikola Cvetanovic each tossed in nine points.
Jesse Teeter led all scorers with 17 points for the Red Barons.
“This was a good team win for us,” LaDue said. “Their guy (Sayquan) Chambers had 41 against Delhi and we held him to six points. I thought Nikola did an outstanding job defensively taking him out of the game.
“Also want to thank the Chateaugay community for taking us in and making us feel at home.”
The Saints are back at Chateaugay today for a 1 p.m. contest against Finger Lakes.
North Country 67, Corning 63
Kepner-Card 1-1-3, Teeter 5-6-17, Small 3-2-9, Taylor 1-2-4, Cannon 1-2-4, McGuire 0-0-0, Bennett 0-5-5, Polk 1-1-4, Marks 1-0-2, Chambers 3-0-6, Kleya 4-0-9. Totals: 20-19-63.
North Country (67)
Boyea 5-3-14, Cvetanovic 3-0-9, Cinel 3-0-8, I. Grcic 3-4-11, Gullotta 3-2-8, T. Barnes 3-1-9, Gibson 1-0-2, Trentsch 2-0-4, Dunlavey 0-2-2, S. Grcic 0-0-0, Patraw 0-0-0. Totals: 23-12-67.
3-point goals: Corning () . North Country (9) Boyea, Cvetanovic 3, Cinel 2, I. Grcic, T. Barnes 2.
WOMENNORTH COUNTRY 52, CORNING 39
CHATEAUGAY — Emily Lapage had a monster game for the Saints as they knocked off the Red Barons in women’s college basketball.
Lapage scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds in North Country’s (3-1) victory.
“We were up 10 at halftime,” Saints coach Jerrad Dumont said. “Emily Lapage carried us. She had 12 points in the first half and absolutely dominated. I wish we could have gone to her a lot more (Saturday).”
Former Bulldog Courtney Boyea liked being back on her old court, tossing in 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
“Courtney Boyea stepped up in the second half and had 10 boards.” Dumont said. “She played really well. Shaneika Smith controlled the ball well in the second half. She distributed the ball fairly well for us.”
Marissa Pike paced Corning with 19 points, while Sarah Whitney added 10. The two combined for 29 of the team’s 39 points.
North Country is back in Chateaugay today with a 3 p.m. contest against Finger Lakes.
North Country 52, Corning 39
Lehman 0-3-3, Whitney 3-4-10, Cook 0-0-0, Collins 2-0-4, Pike 7-2-19, Lucas 0-0-0, Marsh 1-0-3. Totals: 13-9-39.
North Country (52)
Uras 0-4-4, R. Smith 1-0-3, Hebert 0-0-0, Philippe 0-2-2, Kimbrough 2-0-5, A. LaPage 0-0-0, Pennington 1-1-3, Boyea 5-2-14, Burgess 0-0-0, S. Smith 0-2-2, E. Lapage 9-1-19, C. Lapage 0-0-0. Totals: 18-12-52.
Halftime: North Country, 27-17.
3-point goals: Corning (4) Pike 3, Marsh. North Country (4) R. Smith, Kimbrough, Boyea 2.