PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team is still recovering from a 3½-week semester break.
But the Cougars made some positive strides on Saturday.
Clinton (8-6, 6-5) picked up a big regional win with a 67-49 victory over Columbia-Greene Community College.
“They were ranked third in the region before the break,” said Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty. “So it was a good regional win for us.
“We played much better than we did on Tuesday. But we’re still a little too inconsistent. At times, we were awesome today. At other times, we were throwing the ball away too much. Our defense saved us — we held them to 21 points in the second half.”
Kyree Hull led the Cougars with 21 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Mykell Crecko added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots while shooting nine-of-12 from the field.
Jamie Davison helped out with eight steals and six assists and Chris Miller was a third Clinton player in double figures with 13 points.
Khalil Paul scored 17 points and Jon Halligan added 13 for Columbia-Greene.
The Cougars held a 33-28 lead at the half.
“Columbia-Greene likes to slow down the tempo of the game,” said Daugherty. “They’re a good team and they attack pressure pretty well.”
And even though the Cougars ended up winning by18 points, it wasn’t clear sailing in the second half.
“We were up by 15 at one time,” said Daugherty. “But they cut it down to three points. But Crecko hit a big basket for us off a set play and then Hull hit a three-pointer.”
The Cougars host Word of Life on Tuesday night in their next game.
Clinton 68, Columbia-Greene 62
Halligan 5-0-13, Saint Jean 2-1-5, Phillips 0-0-0, Paul 5-5-17, Buck 1-1-3, Shivers 4-0-9, Williams 0-0-0, Bligen 1-0-2, Thomas 0-0-0. Totals: 18-7-49.
Crecko 9-0-18, Spencer 1-0-2, Miller 6-0-13, Hull 8-2-21, Davison 1-0-2, Radan 3-2-8, LaPoint 0-0-0, Coolidge 0-0-0, Knight 1-0-3, Campbell 0-0-0. Totals: 29-4-67.