DELHI — When Clinton Community College coach Kevin Daugherty looked at the scorebook after the game Friday he was surprised at what he saw.
Bayron Carter finished with 42 points as the No. 4 Cougars knocked off fifth-seeded Tompkins-Cortland Community College, 90-75, in the NJCAA Region III, Division III quarterfinals.
“It was a quiet 42,” Daugherty said. “The coaching staff was surprised when we saw that. But, he scored in every way that he could. He had a bunch of dunks, was 9-for-10 from the foul line and had five threes. Looking at the stat sheet he really spread it around, but it was surprising he had that many.”
Carter added eight rebounds in the game to send Clinton into today’s semifinal matchup with top-seeded SUNY Delhi, a 73-55 winner over Cayuga Community College, at 1 p.m.
“They are the No. 1 seed for a reason,” Daugherty said. “It will be a tough one, and they are playing at home. They will be in our face full court for 30 minutes and they have a lot of depth that they are not afraid to use.
“We shot 47 free throws when we played them down here during the season, and we still lost by 19. When we played them at home, we lost by eight. We really need to take care of the basketball. We can’t turn it over (today) like we did (Friday).”
The Cougars had 28 turnovers in Friday’s game, which is much more than they are used to. Clinton, though, made up for it by outrebounding its opponent, 64-36.
“We did a great job on the glass,” Daugherty said. “We had 15 turnovers at halftime and we were not very happy with that. We finished with 28 turnovers compared to their 13. It was very obvious that the rebounding edge was huge for us.
“The defensive rebounding allowed us to run. We ran quite a bit and our guys finished pretty well on the break.”