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.