SARANAC LAKE — Despite a two-point double-overtime setback, former Northeastern Clinton standout Steve Carder passed Al Miller’s record of 1,016 career points early in the second half, becoming North Country Community College’s all-time leader.
The Saints (13-5) were unable to secure a four-point lead with 25 seconds remaining in the second overtime stanza, dropping an 84-82 decision to No. 7-ranked SUNY Delhi in NJCAA Region III men’s basketball Saturday.
“The kids came ready to play,” assistant coach Rob Roy said. “We got a defensive stop in regulation to get to overtime and rallied from a five-point deficit to force the second extra session. But they were converting, and we were just turning the ball over and missing shots.”
Quayshaun Mitchell and Stefan Bock led the Broncos (17-2) in scoring with 21 points, respectively. Mitchell knocked down three of his team’s five 3-point field goals.
Carder paced the Saints with 37 markers, including 11 converted free throws from the charity stripe, while grabbing 17 rebounds.
Michael Boyea (19) and Jared Heden (15) also reached double-digits.
North Country plays host to Fulton-Montgomery this afternoon in Saranac Lake at 3 p.m.
SUNY Delhi 84,
North Country 82 (2OT)
Simmons 4-1-11, Campbell 0-0-0, Pierre 7-2-16, Mitchell 6-6-21, Nickelson 1-1-3, Bock 9-3-21, Grant 1-0-2, Mehmetaj 0-0-0, Scott 3-4-10. Totals: 31-14-84.
North Country (82)
Boyea 6-7-19, Henderson 1-0-3, Poulter 3-0-8, Heden 7-1-15, Carter 13-11-37, Brock 0-0-0, Mills 0-0-0. Totals: 30-19-82.
Halftime: 34-31, North Country
3-point goals: Delhi (5): Simmons 2, Mitchell 3. North Country (3): Henderson, Poulter 2.
Eastern Maine 68
Paul Smith’s 58
PAUL SMITHS — The Bobcats jumped out to a 29-22 lead at the half, but could not hold on as the Eagles came back for the victory.
“We struggled in the second half with our discipline defensively,” Paul Smith’s coach Joe Akey said. “We allowed open jump shots and they hit five 3-pointers in the last 20 minutes.
“We were also much more stagnant in the half-court offense, relying more on our athleticism then on their teammates.”
Thelbert Green led the way for Eastern Maine with 19 points. Edson Pierre added 14 points, while Chris Lewis and Cote Card had eight apiece.
Alex Medina and Adam Klock had 15 points each to pace Paul Smith’s. Connor McCuin finished with 10 points.
“We came out with great energy early,” Akey said. “This team needs to execute the game plan and focus on defensive for 40 minutes. The second half, for some reason, we went away from what worked in the first half, and that is frustrating.”
Eastern Maine 68, Paul Smith’s 58
Eastern Maine (68)
Moore 2-0-4, Francis 0-0-0, Andrews 0-0-0, Pierre 4-4-14, Green 7-1-19, Card 4-0-8, Lewis 2-4-8, Hassell 2-0-5, Deniger 1-0-3, Bolduc 3-1-7. Totals: 25-10-68.
Paul Smith’s (58)
Medina 6-2-15, Wightman 2-3-8, Hapgood 0-0-0, Odell 3-0-6, Senthil 2-0-4, Klock 5-2-15, McCuin 4-2-10. Totals: 22-9-58.
Halftime: Paul Smith’s, 29-22.
3-point goals: Eastern Maine (8) Green 4, Pierre 2, Hassell, Deniger. Paul Smith’s (5) Klock 3, Medina, Wightman.
NORTH COUNTRY 49
DELHI — The Saints dug themselves a difficult hole to climb out of in the first half, falling behind 20-15, in a loss to the Broncos.
North Country battled back in the second half, but it proved to be too late.
Yaya Soto tallied a game-high 18 points to lead the way for Delhi. Jackie Bailey added 15 points, Tanya Barnes tossed in 12 and Mariah Coville finished with nine.
Haylea Gary paced the Saints with 13 points. Emily Lapage chipped in with 12 poitns and eight rebounds, while Kelly Kezar had nine points and seven rebounds. Stephanie Demarais finished with eight points.
North Country is back at it again today with a 1 p.m. contest at Fulton-Montgomery.
Delhi 60, North Country 49
North Country (49)
Uras 1-0-3, Kezar 3-0-9, Gausby 0-0-0, Demarais 2-3-8, Lapage 4-4-12, Gary 4-2-13, Jock 2-0-4, Branton 0-0-0. Totals: 16-9-49.
Soto 5-6-18, Bailey 5-5-15, Coville 4-1-9, Barnes 3-6-12, Lambert 2-0-4, Beaver 0-2-2. Totals: 19-20-60.
Halftime: Delhi, 29-15.
3-point goals: North Country (8) Uras, Kezar 3, Demarais, Gary 3. Delhi (2)