November 29, 2012

Inside game propels Cougar men


---- — JOHNSTOWN — For the second consecutive road game the Clinton Community College men’s basketball team captured a very tough regional victory.

The Cougars knocked off Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 83-71, in men’s college basketball action Wednesday.

Despite the athletic and quick Raiders’ squad, the Cougars used their inside game to produce most of the damage.

“They didn’t have a lot of size so we went big with Matt (Spencer) after the first few minutes,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “He had his best game as a Cougar (Wednesday) in his two-year career thus far.”

Spencer scored 16 points on the inside for Clinton, while Mykell Crecko tossed in a game-high 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds.

After trailing 42-41 at the half, the Cougars (4-4) outscored Fulton-Montgomery 42-29 in the second.

“The whole game was about controlling the tempo,” Daugherty said. “They are quick, fast and athletic, and they play a lot of guys. We needed to slow the ball down, spread them out in the half court and get some passes inside.

“We struggled against their pressure and getting it across half court in the first half. We did a much better job in the second.”

Kyree Hull added 21 points for Clinton, while Chris Miller chipped in with 11. Jamie Davison was strong running the offense and finished with six assists.

“We did a pretty good job defensively,” Daugherty said. “They shot the ball extremely well in the first half — all of eight of their threes came in the first half.

“We stayed in a zone, but we did a much better job at getting out on the two guys that hurt us in the first. They didn’t have any threes in the second half.”

Aaron Morton led the way with 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Raiders. Dondre Williams added 17 points, which included three 3-pointers.

“Our control of the game in the half court and against the pressure is what won the game for us,” Daugherty said. “That is something I don’t think we could have done back in the beginning of November. That just shows the progress that we have had in the last couple of games. We are not shooting ourselves in the foot and we are taking much better care of the ball.”

The Cougars return home Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest with Onondaga Community College.

Clinton 83, Fulton-Montgomery 71

Clinton (83)

Crecko 10-2-22, Miller 5-1-11, LaPoint 3-0-7, Hull 7-7-21, Davison 0-1-1, Spencer 8-0-16, Radan 1-0-2, Coolidge 1-0-3. Totals: 35-11-83.

Fulton-Montgomery (71)

Williams 5-4-17, Simmons 1-0-2, Jack 1-2-4, Dinkins 1-2-4, Rivera 2-0-5, Baum 1-0-2, Diallo 3-0-6, Stanislas 1-0-2, Ward 1-3-5, Gist 1-2-4, Barr 1-0-2, Morton 7-0-18. Totals: 25-13-71.

Halftime: Fulton-Montgomery, 42-41

3-point goals: Clinton (2) LaPoint, Coolidge. Fulton-Montgomery (8) Williams 3, Rivera, Morton 4.