---- — 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.
Kyle LaPoint contributed 13 points, Knight eight points and Jamie Davison, five steals.
“Hull played one of his best games, both offensively and defensively,” Daugherty said. “He was outstanding. Hull and Davison both fouled out, however, with about 1:30 left in the game.”
Jackson tallied 29 points and Blanchard 21 for Schenectady. Jeremy Gregg and Tevon Erwin each added 14 points.
Clinton returns to the court on Saturday with a 4 p.m. home game against Mohawk Valley Community College.
Schenectady 82, Clinton 79
Blanchard 9-0-21, Brown 0-2-2, Gregg 4-5-14, Swann 1-0-2, Page 0-0-0, Smith 0-0-0, Erwin 4-4-14, McCall 0-0-0, Jackson 8-9-29. Totals: 26-20-82.
Crecko 6-2-14, Radan 0-0-0, Miller 6-4-16, Hull 6-8-20, Davison 2-0-5, LaPoint 5-3-13, Spencer 0-0-0, Knight 3-0-8, Chabau 1-0-3. Totals: 29-17-79.
3-point goals: Schenectady (10): Jackson 4; Blanchard 3; Erwin 2; Gregg. Clinton (4): Knight 2; Davison; Chabau.
Halftime: Schenectady, 48-34.
Clinton 44, Schenectady 36
PLATTSBURGH — The shooting inside Clinton Community College was almost as cold as the weather outside Thursday night.
The Clinton women’s basketball team (7-6) rallied for a victory over Schenectady County Community College.
The Cougars, who edged out a 63-61 decision at Schenectady earlier in the season, fell behind by a 26-19 score at the half.
“It was cold shooting on the part of both teams,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We knew we would have to play great defense to win.”
Jessica Decker played well for the Cougars with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Katrina Garrand, Alisha Ducatte and Becca Horton all added nine points apiece.
Jordyn Funk led the Royals with 11 points, and Tierney McGlynn followed with nine.
“McGlynn and (Monique) Pucci are big scorers for them,” Dixon said. “We held McGlynn to just one point in the second half and Pucci to just five points in the game.”
The Cougars outscored the Royals 25-10 after intermission.
“We got off to a bad start and couldn’t throw the ball in the ocean,” Dixon said. “But in the second half, we got after it defensively and attacked the rim.
“We scored the first six points of the second half and then took a 33-31 lead with 10 minutes remaining. We held Schenectady scoreless for five minutes and never lost the lead after that.”
The Cougars next host Mohawk Valley Community College, the top-ranked team in the region, on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Clinton 44, Schenectady 36
Sanbeouf 1-0-2, McGlynn 3-2-9, Murray 1-1-3, Funk 5-1-11, Pucci 2-0-5, Tillapaugh 3-0-6. Totals: 15-4-36.
Garrand 4-1-9, Gates 0-0-0, Ducatte 4-0-9, J. Decker 5-1-11, E. Decker 3-0-6, Horton 3-2-9, Agoney 0-0-0. Totals: 19-4-44.
3-point goals: Schenectady (2): McGlynn; Pucci. Clinton (2): Ducatte; Horton.
Halftime: Schenectady, 26-19.