January 25, 2013

Clinton men lose a heartbreaker

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team nearly dug itself out of a 14-point halftime hole before dropping a tough 82-79 decision to Schenectady County Community College Thursday night.

“Our players’ effort was outstanding — for 40 minutes,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said. “It was the second heartbreaker we’ve lost in the past two games. We just can’t seem to catch a break.”

The Royals jumped out to a 48-34 lead at the half.

“We couldn’t stop them in the first half — we couldn’t keep them out of the lane,” Daugherty said. “(Terrance) Blanchard is a quick point guard, and we had no answer for him in the first half, when he scored 19 of his 21 points. (Reece) Jackson is 6-6 and can shoot the three as well as get inside. He had 12 of his 29 points in the first half.”

The Cougars, however, battled back after intermission.

“We told the guys to keep plugging and we didn’t think Schenectady could shoot as well as they did in the first half,” Daugherty said.

“We changed defenses in the second half to a 2-3 zone where we could get out on their shooters. We began to chip away. We had a chance to cut it to one with two minutes to go, but weren’t able to do so.

“Jordan Knight hit a basket for us later on to get us to within one. They then opened it up a little before (Mario) Chabau hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to bring us back to within three. We were able to get a stop and got the ball back with 2.5 seconds left. We ran a play, but it didn’t work out for us.”

Kyree Hull led the Cougars (9-8) with 20 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Chris Miller followed with 16 points and five steals, while Mykell Crecko ended up with 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.

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