PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College men’s basketball team stayed with a tough, physical Jefferson Community College for most of the game, but fell 80-72 in men’s college basketball.
Derrick Williams scored a game-high 27 points to lead the way for the Cannoneers. Samuel Durodola added 17 points, while Andrew McNitt tossed in 16.
“We just had very little energy on the defensive end,” Cougars coach Kevin Daugherty said. “It was our home opener and we didn’t come to play.
“They constantly got in the lane with the ball with very little resistance from us. We gave them second and third chances.”
Despite the lapses in defense, Clinton found itself trailing by just one with two minutes to go, but couldn’t get any closer.
Kyree Hull had another superb game for the Cougars with 25 points and six rebounds. Mykell Krecko chipped in with 17 points and six blocks, but fouled out for the second straight game. Kyle LaPoint added 10 points, while Jamie Davison finished with seven assists and three steals.
“We are a very young team, but we’re talented,” Daugherty said. “We can trade baskets with anyone. I see the promise.
“It’s a long season; 27 more games to come.”
The Cougars host Paul Smith’s at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Jefferson 80, Clinton 72
Williams 10-7-27, Davis 0-0-0, Sullivan 1-0-2, Arthur 1-1-3, McNitt 8-0-16, Thomas 1-1-3, Jackson 2-0-4, Tomlin 3-0-8, Durodola 6-5-17. Totals: 32-14-80.
Spencer 1-0-2, LaPoint 3-4-10, Hull 9-5-25, Davison 1-0-3, Krecko 8-1-17, Knight 2-0-6, Miller 4-1-9, Coolidge 0-0-0, Young 0-0-0. Totals: 28-11-72.
Halftime: Jefferson, 46-41.
3-point goals: Jefferson (2) Tomlin 2. Clinton (5) Hull 2, Davison, Knight 2.
Clinton 65, Word of Life 34
PLATTSBURGH — The Decker sisters combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds to help lead the Cougars past Word of Life.
Jessica Decker led Clinton (1-1) with 18 points and nine rebounds, while Emily Decker added 16 points and six rebounds.
The Cougars jumped out to a 32-9 lead, thanks to an impressive defensive start according to coach Donna Dixon.
“We got out to a great start and we finished a lot better (Tuesday) than in our first game,” Dixon said. “We executed and we played really well defensively.
“Defense leads to offense and we were able to convert.”
Katrina Garrand added eight points, eight assists and five steals for Clinton. Ruth Paul finished with eight points.
Jessica Klaus scored 17 points to pace Word of Life, all coming in the first half. Holly Hempill chipped in with nine points.
“Overall it was a good game,” Dixon said. “Our goal is to improve every game and we did from our first game.
“Now we hope to keep it going.”
The Cougars travel to Schenectady for a 2 p.m. game Saturday.
Clinton 65, Word of Life 34
Word of Life (34)
Collins 0-0-0, Blessard 1-0-2, Bartholmey 0-0-0, Dennison 0-0-0, Tuttle 2-2-6, Savsanam 0-0-0, Klaus 6-2-17, Hempill 3-3-9, Shingledcker 0-0-0, Elnwechter 0-0-0. Totals: 12-7-34.
Garrand 4-0-8, Paul 3-2-8, Gates 3-0-7, Ducatte 0-0-0, E. Decker 8-0-16, J. Decker 8-2-18, Barber 1-0-2, Spencer 2-2-6, Seymour 0-0-0. Totals: 29-6-65.
Halftime: Clinton, 32-9
3-point goals: Clinton (1) Gates. Word of Life (3) Klaus 3.