WATERTOWN — The North Country Community College men’s basketball team continued its winning ways Saturday.
After a slow start to their 2013-14 campaign, the Saints (6-5, 4-5) picked up their fourth win in six games, defeating Jefferson Community College in Region III play, 75-64.
“We really shared the basketball well,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “We made them defend us, which opened things up. We shot the ball well in the second half, too.
“On defense, we held them to 25 points in the second half. I thought we did a real good job on holding them to one shot, containing and defending.”
The Saints had four players finish in double figures.
Ivan Grcic led the way with 20 points, while Michael Boyea (12), Matthew Gullotta (11) and Clement Gibson (10) combined for 33 points.
“All 10 guys gave us great minutes,” LaDue said. “If we want to be successful, we need all our guys to step up. I thought Ivan Grcic had one of his best games of the year. I really liked Clement Gibson coming off the bench and playing extremely well, too.
“Matthew Gullotta and Michael Boyea, they do a great job of leading by example and working hard. This win was a nice way to end the semester. We finished well, and I hope this success carries through when we return from break Jan. 4.”
Gullotta added 16 rebounds and Grcic 10 rebounds, reaching double-double status. Boyea dished out five assists, while Gibson added four helpers.
North Country will begin the 2014 calendar year at SUNY Adirondack Jan. 9.
North Country 75, Jefferson 64
North Country (75)
Boyea 4-2-12, Cvetanovic 1-0-2, Cinel 2-0-5, I. Grcic 8-2-20, Gullotta 4-3-11, Gibson 3-4-10, Trentsch 2-0-4, Barnes 2-0-5, Dunlavey 1-0-3, S. Grcic1-0-3. Totals: 28-11-75.
Williams 0-0-0, Tomlin 4-2-10, Green 2-0-5, Jackson 2-1-6, Freeman 3-0-6, Pond 6-1-14, Widrick 0-2-2, Thomas 5-2-12, Johnson 3-2-9. Totals: 25-10-64.
3-point goals: North Country (8) Boyea 2, Cinel, I. Grcic 2, Barnes, Dunlavey, S. Grcic. Jefferson (4) Green, Jackson, Pond, Johnson.
SUNY Delhi 98, Clinton 76
DELHI — The Cougars (9-3) got in foul trouble early, fumbling away an eight-point lead midway through the first half.
“Our downfall was when Jamie Davison and Mykelle Krecko each recorded their third foul with about nine minutes to go in the first half,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Delhi did a great job of getting in our face with full-court pressure. We had some turnovers and they capitalized.”
The Broncos, ranked No. 10 in the nation, turned an eight-point deficit into a 12-point lead at the halftime break.
“We were inconsistent in most of the game even when we had the lead,” Daugherty said. “We were never really able to get it going. Give credit to Delhi for that. They’re the most physical team we’ve played yet.”
The Cougars converted 31-of-47 free throw attempts, but were never really able to claw back into the ballgame in the second half.
Davison finished with 26 points, including 14 made free throws. Bayron Carter added 14 points for Clinton.
“Davison played extremely well,” Daugherty said. “He handled the ball pretty well. He’s finished the semester with three solid games. He played like we know he can.”
The Cougars finished their first semester with a 9-3 mark.
“Everybody’s got to go through the layoff,” Daugherty said. “We had a real good first semester, but couldn’t finish on a good note (Saturday). We look forward to resuming practice Jan. 3. We play down at Hudson Valley Jan. 9.”
SUNY Delhi 98, Clinton 76
Davison 5-14-26, Ortiz 1-2-4, Carter 4-6-14, Hull 3-3-9, Banks 1-1-3, Lamboy 0-4-4, Holmes 0-2-2, Krecko 6-2-14, Ryan 0-0-0. Totals: 20-34-76.
SUNY Delhi (98)
Moore 0-1-1, Carter 3-0-6, Berroa 7-7-24, Infante 1-0-2, Nickelson 1-0-2, Cole 0-0-0, M. Banton 6-2-22, Mehmetaj 3-2-9, J. Banton 0-0-0, Toure 5-1-11, Douglas 1-0-2. Totals: 27-13-98.
Halftime: 54-42, Delhi.
3-point goals: Clinton (2) Davison 2. SUNY Delhi (12) Berroa 3, Banton 8, Mehmetaj.
WOMENJEFFERSON C.C. 65,NORTH COUNTRY C.C. 62
WATERTOWN — Kathleen Coloney scored 22 points and Alyssa Crosby added 19 as Jefferson Community College (8-2) recorded a hard-fought win.
Reukiah Smith finished with 15 points for the Saints (7-4), while Emily LaPage added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Tori Pennington 11 points, and Courtney Boyea, five rebounds and six assists.
North Country took a 34-28 lead into the half.
“We were up at the beginning, but it went right down to the wire,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “They were up by four in the late going when Reukiah Smith hit a 3-pointer. We then got a stop, but missed a layup. Then we had to foul them at the end.
“It was a hard-fought game. It was an exciting game to watch because there were local girls (from Section X high schools) playing against one another. We played hard and now we go into the break with a 7-4 record.”
Jefferson C.C. 65, North Country C.C. 62
North Country C.C. (62)
Uras 2-0-5, R. Smith 6-1-15, Pennington 4-0-11, Boyea 2-0-6, Burgess 1-3-5, S. Smith 3-1-8, E. Lapage 6-0-12, Kimbrough 0-0-0. Totals: 24-5-62.
Jefferson C.C. (65)
Canady 2-2-6, Marshall 2-0-6, Waterman 1-0-3, Roberts 1-3-5, Coloney 10-2-22, Crosby 9-1-19, Smoot 1-2-4. Totals: 26-10-65.
Halftime: North Country C.C., 34-28.
3-point goals: North Country C.C. (9): Pennington 3; R. Smith 2; Boyea 2; Uras; S. Smith. Jefferson C.C. (3): Marshall 2; Waterman.