DRYDEN — It wasn’t looking all that good for the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team after 20 minutes on Saturday.
Host Tompkins-Cortland Community College, which connected on 15 3-pointers in the contest, held a 48-39 halftime lead.
But with Kyree Hull and Bayron Carter leading the way, the Cougars (6-1, 4-1 Region III) poured in 54 second-half points and rallied for a 93-81 victory.
“I was really happy with the way we bounced back,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “We could have packed it in after the way they shot the ball in the first half. But it was nice to see us come back with a good win on the road.
“Before we left on the trip, we knew we were a good team. But we were going to find out how tough we were on the road.”
Tompkins-Cortland came out a determined team.
“They came out firing in the first half and hit 10-of-19 shots from 3-point range,” Daugherty said. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start. It was a long bus ride for us, even though I guess we shouldn’t use that as an excuse.
“But, defensively, they were all over us and forcing some turnovers.”
That, however, changed in the second half.
“We were able to respond and played outstanding basketball,” Daugherty said. “We really got at it and were outstanding on defense.
“We caused three turnovers in a row to start the second half out of our zone and we were hoping they wouldn’t shoot the ball like they did in the first half. That kind of came true for us.”
Hull led the way with 29 points, including 12 from the foul line, and 12 rebounds. Carter, meanwhile, finished with 23 points and dished out five assists.
Mykelle Krecko also had a big hand in the victory with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots. Thomas Ryan was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field and chipped in with 14 points.
“It was a foul fest in the final few minutes,” Daugherty said. “Jamie Davison hit a couple of big threes for us from deep. Hull was outstanding all game.
“We had to weather some foul trouble. Davison picked up three fouls and Carter picked up his fourth at the 12-minute mark. We got some nice play off the bench from Jonathan Lamboy. He hasn’t played a lot, but (Saturday) was his day.”
Tyseem Lyles was the top point producer for the Panthers (3-4) with 25 points, including seven-of-10 from 3-point range. Devin Redden added 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and Robert Mills finished with 11 points. Todd Smith dished out 10 assists.
“Lyles is an all-region player who is quick,” Daugherty said. “He hit some deep threes.”
Clinton is at Broome Community College for a 1 p.m. contest today.
Clinton C.C. 93, Tompkins-Cortland C.C. 81
Clinton C.C. (93)
Krecko 6-3-15, Ryan 7-0-14, Davison 3-0-8, Carter 8-5-23, Hull 8-12-29, Lamboy 0-2-2, Holmes 1-0-2, Shaughnessy 0-0-0. Totals: 33-22-93.
Tompkins-Cortland C.C. (81)
Hainoczi 3-0-6, Smith 0-3-3, Lyles 9-0-25, Mills 4-2-11, Costello 1-0-3, Redden 5-3-17, Spence 0-0-0, Lynch 0-0-0, Squires 1-0-2, Johnson 1-0-3, Nance 4-2-11, Warchocki 0-0-0, Osayomi 0-0-0. Totals: 28-10-81.
Halftime: Tompkins-Cortland, 48-39.
3-point goals: Clinton C.C. (5): Davison 2; Carter 2; Hull. Tompkins-Cortland C.C. (15): Lyles 7; Redden 4; Mills; Costello; Johnson; Nance.
NORTH COUNTRY 92, BROOME 80
BINGHAMTON — The Saints received a huge boost from their bench as they knocked off the Hornets in men’s basketball.
Thomas Barnes led the charge for North Country (4-3) with 19 points. Ivan Grcic added 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Michael Boyea tossed in 12 points and dished out five assists.
Daniel Trentsch delivered 11 points and Clement Gibson had eight points and five assists.
“We got down early when they pounded it inside to (Eric) Edwards, who is 6-7 and really good,” Saints coach Chad LaDue said. “We got out of man and went to zone, which got us back into it.
“We went into the locker room up eight, but they took a five-point lead with about 11 to go. We went on a nice run where our bench came up big for us. We had 43 points from our bench (Saturday).”
Edwards finished with 13 points for Broome. Jovanni Chatham had a game-high 24 points, while Adam Tillotson was right behind with 22 points.
“I thought this was one of the best team efforts I have seen (at North Country),” LaDue said. “We had different guys stepping up and three non-starters playing the final eight minutes because they were playing the best.
“What I enjoyed the most was seeing the reactions from our starters that were enjoying the success of their teammates. I was pleased with how the starters who didn’t finish behaved. They truly understood what was best for Saints basketball.”
North Country is back on the court today for a 2 p.m. contest at Tompkins-Cortland.
North Country 92, Broome 80
North Country (92)
Boyea 6-0-12, Cvetanovic 2-0-6, Cinel 3-0-9, I. Grcic 8-0-17, Gullotta 1-3-5, T. Barnes 7-2-19, Gibson 3-2-8, Trentsch 5-0-11, Dunlavey 2-0-5, S. Grcic 0-0-0, Johns 0-0-0. Totals: 37-7-92.
Abdullah 4-2-11, D’Esti 1-0-3, Paugh 0-1-1, Chatham 7-8-24, Edwards 5-3-13, McMurray 2-0-6, Tillotson 9-4-22, Dickinson 0-0-0. Totals: 28-18-80.
Halftime: NCCC, 42-34.
3-point goals: North Country (11) Cvetanovic 2, Cinel 3, I. Grcic, T. Barnes 3, Tretsch, Dunlavey. Broome (6) Abdullah, D’Esti, Chatham 2, McMurray 2.
WOMENNorth Country 73, Broome 64
BINGHAMTON — The Saints jumped out to a huge lead but then went into a lull and had to fend off the Hornets in the second half.
“We led the whole way, but I was a little disappointed in our effort,” North Country coach Jerrad Dumont said. “We were up 22-2 to start the game, and instead of putting them away, we got way too lackadaisical. They came back on us.
“They continued to work; they fought back and fought back. They cut it to two points with five-and-a-half minutes to go in the second half. Then we started running our sets and getting the ball into Emily (Lapage) a little more.”
Lapage led North Country (6-1) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Shaneika Smith added 15 points, eight rebounds and nine assists, while Veronica Uras scored 11.
“Emily Lapage played very well inside, and Shaneika Smith really controlled the ball down the stretch,” Dumont said.
Danielle Conway paced Broome with 16 points, and Randi Conway had 15.
The Saints meet Tompkins-Cortland Community College today.
North Country 73, Broome 64
North Country (73)
Uras 4-0-11, R. Smith 3-2-8, Hebert 0-0-0, Philippe 1-1-3, Kimbrough 2-0-6, LaPage 1-0-3, Pennington 1-0-2, Boyea 2-1-6, Burgess 0-0-0, S. Smith 6-1-15, E. Lapage 9-1-19, C. Lapage 0-0-0. Totals: 29-6-73.
Pope 1-7-9, Bigart 3-0-6, Atwood 5-0-12, R. Conway 3-8-15, Kamide 2-0-4, D. Conway 6-2-16, Gaffney 1-0-2, Murphy 0-0-0, Blakeman 0-0-0. Totals: 21-17-64.
3-point goals: North Country (9), Uras 3, Kimbrough 2, S. Smith 2, LaPage, Boyea. Broome (5), Atwood 2, D. Conway 2, R. Conway.