SCHENECTADY — Mykelle Krecko received Region III Player of the Week recognition on Tuesday.
And that was before he scored 33 points.
The big man also grabbed 17 rebounds as he led the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team to an 86-68 win over Schenectady Community College.
The Cougars led 42-31 by halftime. Jame Davison scored 17, dished out eight assists and swiped four steals. Bayron Carter added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Kyree Hull scored 14. Tom Ryan pulled down seven rebounds.
“We pretty much controlled the game,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We’ve been playing pretty well as a whole.”
Aaron Francis paced Schenectady with 23 points, and Shaq Harding had 20.
The Cougars host Fulton-Montgomery at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Clinton 86, Schenectady 68
Davison 7-0-17, Hull 6-2-14, Carter 5-4-15, Ryan 2-1-5, Krecko 16-1-33, Valadares 0-2-2, Lamboy 0-0-0, Bailey 0-0-0. Totals: 36-10-86.
Francis 9-3-23, Gregg 2-0-4, Hopwood 5-1-13, Harding 9-2-20, McCall 4-0-8. Totals: 29-6-68.
Halftime: Clinton, 42-31
3-point goals: Clinton (4) Davison 3, Carter. Schenectady (4) Francis 2, Hopwood 2.
Fulton-Montgomery 78, North Country 65
JOHNSTOWN — The Raiders (4-8) challenged the Saints’ (7-7) mental toughness early, maintaining a 21-point halftime lead and playing well defensively.
“We just did not come ready to play,” North Country Community College coach Chad LaDue said. “I have to take ownership for that. I did not have them focused and ready to start the game. It’s one of those things we have to do better, and it starts with me.
“Defensively, in the first half, we gave up too many second and third-chance opportunities and easy transition points. I went to 15 guys (Tuesday), looking for anybody in the first half that could tear it up and compete.”
Daniel Trentsch paced the Saints with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Srdjan Grcic added nine points on three 3-pointers.
Matthew Gullotta pulled down nine rebounds, while Michael Boyea and Clement Gibson each dished out four assists apiece.
“In the second half, I basically challenged them to see who we are and what we’re about,” LaDue said. “I will say that for at least 20 minutes, they competed. We shot 13-for-50 from 3-point land, which has to be the most attempted 3-pointers during my coaching tenure anyway. We better be focused and ready Thursday.”
North Country will host Schenectady County Community College at 7 p.m. Thursday and SUNY Delhi at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Fulton-Montgomery 78, North Country 65
North Country (65)
S. Grcic 3-0-9, Trentsch 5-0-13, Cinel 2-0-6, Gibson 2-1-5, Boyea 2-0-5, I. Grcic 1-2-5, Barnes 1-5-8, Patraw 0-0-0, Gullotta 1-2-4, Cvetanovic 2-0-5, Ramsdell 0-0-0, Dunlavey 2-0-5. Totals: 21-10-65.
Barr 8-6-22, Mercedes 0-0-0, Simmons 2-1-5, Rivera 4-0-8, Edwards 3-0-8, Stanislas 7-4-19, Davis 1-0-2, Mustafa 0-0-0, Baum 5-0-10, Giddings 1-2-4. Totals: 31-13-78.
Halftime: Fulton-Montgomery, 41-20.
3-point goals: North Country (13) S. Grcic 3, S. Grcic 3, Cinel 2, Boyea, I. Grcic, Barnes, Cvetanovic, Dunlavey. Fulton-Montgomery (3) Edwards 2, Stanislas.
WOMENFulton-Montgomery 59, North Country 58
JOHNSTOWN — The Saints (8-6) dug themselves into too big of a hole at the halftime break, facing a 20-point deficit.
“We didn’t come out with any intensity whatsoever,” North Country Community College coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We’re a team that thrives off energy and each other. Girls were tired on the floor and on the bench. We played everybody in the first half looking for energy.
“We came out with it in the second half, and we were fine. It’s happened to us two games in a row now where we fall behind early. In our last game against Hudson Valley, it was a 27-4 deficit. If anything, we’ve showed we can claw our way back.”
Shaneika Smith paced the Saints with 17 points and eight assists. Courtney Boyea added 15 points, including five 3-pointers.
Emily Lapage picked up six points and nine rebounds.
North Country will resume play when it hosts Schenectady County Community College at 5 p.m. Thursday and SUNY Delhi at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Fulton-Montgomery 59, North Country 58
North Country (58)
Uras 2-3-7, Bridges 0-0-0, Hebert 2-1-5, Philippe 0-0-0, Kimbrough 2-0-4, LaPage 0-0-0, Pennington 1-0-2, Boyea 5-0-15, Smith 8-1-17, Lapage 3-0-6. Totals: 24-5-58.
Jordan 1-0-2, Chea 0-2-2, Rice 6-1-17, Ev. Redwood 3-1-9, Abrams 8-1-17, Er. Redwood 1-2-4, Gayle 2-2-6, Wetsky 1-0-2. Totals: 22-9-59.
Halftime: Fulton-Montgomery, 38-18.
3-point goals: Fulton-Montgomery (6) Rice 4, Ev. Redwood 2. North Country (5) Boyea 5.