CLINTON — Led by Bayron Carter’s hot shooting, the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team pulled out to a big lead early on Saturday and was able to maintain it for a 71-54 win over Columbia-Greene Community College.
Carter went 6-for-8 from behind the three-point arc and finished with 20 points. The Cougars (11-3, 8-3) led 34-10 at one point in the first half.
“We got off to a very quick start offensively,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Carter hit four threes in a row. We played pretty well throughout.”
Mykelle Krecko led Clinton with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks. Kyree Hull had 19 points, and Jamie Davison dished out seven assists to go along with six points. The Cougars led 44-25 at halftime and kept the Twins out of reach in the second half.
“It can be tough sometimes when you get a huge lead early to keep your focus,” Daugherty said. “I thought we did a pretty good job offensively. We executed and did the things we wanted to do.
“I know we can be more intense defensively. That’s going to be one of our goals; we need to improve if we’re going to be where we want to be at the end of the season.”
Khalil Paul scored 20 points for Columbia-Greene.
Clinton visits Schenectady Community College on Tuesday.
Clinton 71, Columbia-Greene 54
Lyles 2-1-5, Paul 8-2-20, Arcuri 1-0-2, Thompson 5-4-15, Spohler 2-0-4, Bligen 1-0-2, Carvalho 2-2-6. Totals: 21-9-54.
Davison 3-2-6, Hull 9-1-19, Carter 7-0-20, Ryan 1-0-2, Krecko 9-4-22, Lamboy 1-0-2, Valladares 0-0-0, Bailey 0-0-0. Totals: 30-5-71.
Halftime: Clinton, 44-25.
3-point goals: Columbia-Greene (3) Paul 2, Thompson. Clinton (6) Carter 6.
Hudson Valley 75, North Country 71
SARANAC LAKE — Second-half turnovers eroded a 12-point lead for the Saints as they dropped a four-point decision to the Vikings.
North Country (7-6) took a 32-26 lead at the half and pushed that lead to 12 points early in the second half.
“It was a back-and-forth game pretty much from start to finish,” Saints coach Chad LaDue said. “We had a 12-point lead early in the second half, but they fought back and took the lead with about six to go.