GLENS FALLS — Clinton Community College men’s basketball coach Kevin Daugherty didn’t tell his team of its No. 11 ranking in the NJCAA Division III poll prior to Wednesday night’s game at SUNY Adirondack.
Daugherty didn’t feel like making it known to his team after the game either.
The Cougars (16-3, 13-3) held on for a 76-73 victory over the host Timberwolves.
“The one positive thing is that we won,” Daugherty said. “But when they challenged us, we weren’t able to respond. That was the first time this season that’s happened to us.
“This wasn’t one of our better games. We got outplayed and got outcoached.”
Everything started out pretty well for the Cougars with a 45-35 lead at the half.
“We held leads of 10 and 12 points several times and led by as many as 15 points,” Daugherty said. “But, in the second half, our play wasn’t consistently good enough. We never trailed, but they did cut it down to one point.
“We did get some big free throws from (Bayron) Carter and (Jamie) Davison down the stretch.”
Davison and Carter finished with 20 points each to lead the Cougars, with 10 of Carter’s points coming from the line.
Mykelle Krecko was his usual self in the paint with 16 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks, and Kyree Hull chipped in with 12 points.
“Krecko once again did a great job on the boards,” Daugherty said.
Horace Copeland poured in 25 points for Adirondack and was followed by Josh Horton with 14.
It’s going to be a big weekend at home for Clinton, which hosts No. 8-ranked SUNY Delhi on Saturday and Mohawk Valley Community College on Sunday, with both games at noon.
The Cougars lost by 22 points at SUNY Delhi earlier this season in a game they got into foul trouble and defeated then ranked Mohawk Valley recently.
“We will have two important practices the next two days,” Daugherty said.
Clinton 76, Adirondack 73
Davison 7-3-20, Carter 4-10-20, Hull 6-0-12, Valladares 0-0-0, Krecko 7-2-16, Lamboy 0-0-0, Ryan 2-1-5, Grant 1-1-3. Totals: 27-17-76.
Scales 2-0-4, Thompson 4-0-9, Tarver 4-1-9, Horton 4-2-14, Stevens 0-0-0, Copeland 11-1-25, Zurlo 3-0-7, Girard 1-0-3, Weber 1-0-2. Totals: 30-4-73.
Halftime: Clinton, 45-35.
3-point goals: Clinton (5): Davison 3; Carter 2. Adirondack (9): Horton 4; Copeland 2; Thompson; Zurlo; Girard.
Herkimer 79,North Country 62
HERKIMER — The Saints had the Generals down by six with six minutes left in the game, but couldn’t hang on.
Herkimer took a 34-25 lead into the half, but North Country battled back in the second half to eventually capture a six-point lead near the six-minute mark.
“We were down nine at the half, but we went on a nice run and went up six points at the six-minute mark thanks to eight points by (Michael) Boyea,” Saints coach Chad LaDue said. “With a little under six to go (Enson) Garcia went back-to-back-to-back on threes and they went on a run and got it to where they were up six.
“We played the foul game at the end and it ended up being a 17-point game, but it was a 6 or 10-point game in actuality.”
Jonathan Feiler led the way for the Generals with 28 points, while Garcia added 20 points.
Boyea tossed in 19 points and four assists to pace the Saints, while Ivan Grcic (seven rebounds) and Clement Gibson each chipped in with 12. Nikola Cvetanovic finished with 11 points.
“I thought our guys played hard, but we gotta be able to finish,” LaDue said. “They are a very good team and there’s a reason they are one of the top teams in the country, but we gotta close out games.
“I think we are getting closer and closer. I like our chances when we host Mohawk valley at our place,”
The Hawks travel to Saranac Lake Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest against North Country.
Herkimer 79, North Country 62
North Country (62)
Boyea 7-2-19, Trentsch 0-0-0, T. Barnes 0-0-0, I. Grcic 5-0-12, Gullotta 2-0-4, Cvetanovic 4-0-11, Cinel 2-0-6, Gibson 4-4-12, Dunlavey 0-2-2, S. Grcic 0-0-0. Totals: 22-10-64.
Galay 1-4-6, Reese 1-0-3, Williams 2-3-8, Hunter 4-0-8, Clark 1-0-2, Garcia 8-0-20, Lanieri 1-2-4, Feiler 10-8-28, Foden 0-0-0. Totals: 28-17-79.
Halftime: Herkimer, 34-25.
3-point goals: North Country (10) Boyea 3, I. Grcic 2, Cvetanovic 3, Cinel 2. Herkimer (6) Reese, Williams, Garcia 4.
WOMENHerkimer 78, North Country 63
HERKIMER — The Generals jumped out to a42-30 lead at the half and the Saints could not close any ground in the second half.
Samantha Randio led the way for Herkimer with 21 points, while Korey Brunel finished close behind with 19. Emily Rexford tossed in 16 points and Shahadah Williams chipped in with 13.
“We got outworked,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “They won every 50/50 ball. I felt they had a toughness that we didn’t/
“We are trying to win on talent and talent alone … that is not working for us. We are struggling right now.”
Reukiah Smith paced the Saints with 15 points. Shaneika Smith finished with 11 points, while Alexis Bridges added 10 points.
The Saints take on Mohawk Valley at home for a 1 p.m. game Saturday.
Herkimer 78, North Country 63
North Country (63)
Uras 1-4-7, R. Smith 6-0-15, Hebert 1-0-2, Philippe 0-0-0, Kimbrough 1-5-8, LaPage 0-0-0, Pennington 0-1-1, Boyea 1-0-2, B. Burgess 0-1-1, S. Smith 5-1-11, Bridges 4-0-10, Lapage 3-0-6. Totals: 22-12-63.
Rexford 5-3-16, Randio 6-8-21, Sha. Williams 6-1-13, Dickerson 2-1-5, Bunal 6-7-19, Craig 2-0-6. Totals: 27-18-78.
Halftime: Herkimer, 42-30.
3-point goals: North Country (7) Uras, R. Smith 3, Kimbrough, Bridges 2. Herkimer (6) Rexford 3, Randio, Craig 2.