Press-Republican

February 3, 2013

Crecko helps Cougars over Raiders

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Press-Republican

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team led by just two at halftime but used the fast break to build a cushion in the second half for an 82-63 victory over Fulton-Montgomery Saturday.

“We just started making shots finally and did a really good job on the defensive glass and got the fast break going,” Cougars coach Kevin Daugherty said. “When we’re able to rebound and make some shots and run, we’re a very fun team to watch.”

Chris Miller paced the Cougars with 18 points, and Kyree Hull and Matt Spencer both scored 15. Mykell Crecko finished just shy of a triple-double with nine points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had eight blocks.

“Mykell Crecko had a couple dunks in traffic and some real pretty no-look passes. He had a very good day for us,” Daugherty said. “And Spencer played very well.”

Jamie Davison added seven points and five assists for Clinton (11-9, 8-8).

Bryant Jack scored 16 for Fulton-Montgomery.

The Cougars host No. 9 Delhi today.

Clinton 82,

Fulton-Montgomery 63

Fulton-Montgomery (63)

Williams 1-1-4, Jack 6-4-16, Dinkins 1-0-3, Rivera 3-1-7, Baum 4-0-8, Stanislas 1-0-2, Ward 3-0-8, Gist 1-0-2, Barr 1-2-4, Morton 4-1-9. Totals: 25-9-63.

Clinton (82)

Crecko 3-3-9, Spencer 6-3-15, Miller 7-3-18, Hull 5-4-15, Davison 3-0-7, Knight 2-0-5, Radan 1-1-3, Coolidge 2-0-6, Chabau 1-0-2, Carter 0-0-0, Campbell 1-0-2. Totals: 31-14-82.

Halftime: Clinton 33-31.

3-point goals: Fulton-Montgomery (4), Ward 2, Dinkins, Williams. Clinton (6), Coolidge 2, Miller, Hull, Davison, Knight.

North Country 65

Adirondack 45

QUEENSBURY — Steve Carder put up 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to power the Saints to a victory.

“I’m pleased to get another regional win,” North Country coach Chad LaDue said. “Really probably the most important thing is we have four regional games left and we need to win one to get into the tournament.”

Ian Henderson scored 15 points for the Saints, Steven Poulter had nine points and seven rebounds and Jared Heden also scored nine. Michael Boyea added eight points and six assists. North Country led by 12 at the half.

“We got off to a good start early and then got into a little bit of foul trouble late in the first half,” LaDue said. “I thought we came out in the second half and really shared the basketball and were able to kind of take control of the game.”

Matt Stevens led Adirondack with 13 points, and Josh Horton scored 11.

North Country visits Clinton Community College on Wednesday.

North Country 65,

Adirondack 45

North Country (65)

Boyea 2-4-8, Heden 3-0-9, Henderson 4-4-15, Poulter 4-0-9, Carder 11-0-22, Brock 0-0-0, Grcic 0-0-0, Stone 1-0-2, Patraw 0-0-0, Hanle 0-0-0, Poupore 0-0-0. Totals: 25-8-65.

Adirondack (45)

Thompson 2-1-5, Horton 3-3-11 josh, Smith 2-1-5, Sprague 2-2-7, Stevens 5-0-13 matt, Budwick 2-0-4. Totals: 16-7-45.

Halftime: North Country 36-28.

3-point goals: North Country (7), Heden 3, Henderson 3, Poulter. Adirondack (6), Stevens 3, Horton 2, Sprague.

Women

Clinton 39

Fulton-Montgomery 34

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College women’s basketball team has the second-ranked defense in the region.

It’s a good thing.

The Cougars, despite having a tough day shooting the basketball, recorded a 39-34 win over Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

“They were fourth in the region coming in with a 15-3 record,” said Clinton coach Donna Dixon. “So it was a great quality win for us. They came in averaging over 70 points a game.

“It was one of those games where defense won it for us. We played real well in the first half, but couldn’t buy a basket in the second half. What we did was play good defense for 40 minutes. The final margin of victory was as close as they got.”

Alisha Ducatte led the Cougars (9-7) with 16 points, while Katrina Garrand added 14, including a trio of 3-pointers. Garrand added four steals, Katelyn Gates eight rebounds, Jessica Decker eight rebounds and four blocks, and Emily Decker six rebounds.

Kassandra Flowers paced Fulton-Montgomery with 10 points and Sherice Gayle followed with nine.

The Cougars jumped out to a 27-12 lead at the half, but couldn’t find the range after intermission.

“We just couldn’t score,” said Dixon. “We wanted to get to the rim and we were able to do so. But we were horrible from the foul line.

“We were fortunate to have a good cushion going into the second half. And it’s not like they shot the ball that well.”

The Cougars host SUNY Delhi at noon today.

Clinton 39,

Fulton-Montgomery 34

Fulton-Montgomery (34)

Jordan 0-0-0, Ward 0-0-0, Chea 1-0-3, Mitchell 0-2-2, Flowers 4-0-10, Rutgengwa 0-0-0, Osborne 2-1-5, Wisermerski 2-1-5, Gayle 4-1-9, Sisti 0-0-0. Totals: 13-5-34.

Clinton (39)

Garrand 4-3-14, Gates 1-0-2, Ducatte 6-3-16, E. Decker 1-0-2, J. Decker 1-0-2, Paul 1-1-3, Barber 0-0-0, Agoney 0-0-0. Totals: 14-7-39.

Halftime: Clinton, 27-12.

3-point goals: Fulton-Montgomery (3): Flowers 2; Chea. Clinton (4): Garrand 3; Ducatte.

Adirondack 68

North Country 36

QUEENSBURY — Second chance points and turnovers proved to be difference as the Timberwolves knocked off the Saints.

Shelby Graham led the charge for Adirondack with a game-high 23 points, including 16 second-chance points. Kara Tecl was close behind with 19 points.

The Saints had a difficult first half, but were still within striking distance at 41-23. The second half, however, North Country had an even tougher time scoring points, finishing with just 13.

Stephanie Demarais connected on three 3-pointers to lead the Saints with nine points. Kelly Kezar added eight points, while Veronica Uras and Emily Lapage each finished with seven.

Adirondack 68,

North Country 36

North Country (36)

Kezar 3-0-8, Uras 2-3-7, Demarais 3-0-9, Gausby 0-0-0, Lapage 3-1-7, Gary 1-0-3, Jock 0-0-0, Branton 1-0-2. Totals: 13-4-36.

Adirondack (68)

Graham 8-7-23, LaPlant 3-0-9, Maday 2-0-5, Tecl 8-3-19, MacLaughlin 3-0-8, Wilson 2-0-4. Totals: 26-10-68.

Halftime: Adirondack, 41-23.

3-point goals: North Country (6) Kezar 2, Demarais 3, Gary. Adirondack (6) LaPlant 3, Maday, MacLaughlin 2.