November 1, 2012

Clinton men look to improve on last season

PLATTSBURGH — With a good mix of local and out-of-town talent, the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team will look to improve on last year’s 7-21 record.

With a team that is dedicated, hard working and has good depth in the frontcourt, the Cougars are optimistic that they will have more success this year than last.

They open their season away from home at 7 p.m. Friday against rival North Country Community College.

“The best thing about the team this year is that they are really committed,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “They have been working extremely hard and are meshing as a team.”

It’s going to take a lot of hard work with only two returning players from last year’s squad.

Standout sophomore guard Chris Miller (6 feet, 3 inches) and sophomore center Matthew Spencer (6 feet, 8 inches) are bringing their experience playing college ball to a team with 12 freshmen and two other sophomores.

Miller landed in Plattsburgh from Brooklyn, and last year he scored in double figures in 24 of 27 games for the Cougars. Daugherty described Miller as one of their best and a very aggressive yet steady player who brings a lot to the team.

Spencer hails from Gouveneur and will be an integral part of the post play, which the Cougars hope to capitalize on.

“We have a lot of height this year,” Daugherty said. “We also have a lot of depth in the post. It’s a first time for this team (while under his tutelage) to have post players like this.”

Freshman Jamie Davison will start at guard with Miller. Daugherty categorized Davison as a floor leader, good passer and a decent threat at 3-point range, and he added that Davisson stepped in and asserted himself from the beginning to grab a starting spot.

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