CANANDAIGUA — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team didn’t have it offensively Sunday, but its defense nearly made up for it.
However, the Cougars dropped a tough 53-52 decision at Finger Lakes Community College.
“The guys played extremely hard,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “Finger Lakes is a good team. Still, it was a game we felt we should have won.
“It wasn’t a pretty shooting game by either team. It turned into a defensive battle.”
The Cougars fell behind, 32-25, at the half.
“It was a back-and-forth first half,” Daugherty said. “We dug a hole for ourselves just before the half ended. We turned the ball over a couple of times and found ourselves down by seven.”
Clinton fought hard to the end, though.
“In the second half, we took care of the basketball a little better,” Daugherty said. “In the last minute of the game, we got two defensive stops and were down by one point. Then we got another stop and got possession of the ball in the half-court area with five seconds remaining.
“(Jamie) Davison was able to get a runner off in the lane, but the shot didn’t fall. It was a good shot.”
Richard De La Cruz was the lone Raider in double figures with a game-high 21 points.
Mykell Crecko finished with 14 points and eight blocked shots for the Cougars (9-7, 6-6). Davison was also a factor with 13 points and six steals.
“We were able to get some good play, especially on defense, from Kyle LaPoint, Jordan Coolidge and Jordan Knight off the bench,” Daugherty said.
Next up for the Cougars will be a home game at 7 p.m. Thursday against Schenectady Community College.
Finger Lakes 53, Clinton 52
Crecko 5-4-14, Radan 0-0-0, Miller 1-0-2, Hull 3-0-6, Davison 5-0-13, LaPoint 3-0-7, Spencer 0-0-0, Coolidge 1-0-3, Knight 2-1-7. Totals: 20-5-52.
Finger Lakes (53)