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.
Halftime: Clinton, 33-28.
3-point goals: Columbia-Greene (6): Halligan 3; Paul 2; Shivers. Clinton (5): Hull 3; Miller; Knight.
North Country 77
Davis College 47
JOHNSON CITY — Steve Carder scored a game-high 27 points while pulling down 15 rebounds as the Saints rolled past the Falcons.
North Country (12-4, 8-4) held a nine-point advantage at the break, but outscored Davis College 46-25 in the second half.
“We came out and really moved the ball inside-out early,” Saints coach Chad LaDue said. “We pretty much established a 10-point lead in the first half. They hit a shot at the end of the first half to pull within nine at the break.
“We shared the basketball well and in the second half started going inside to Steve. I really like the way we moved and shared the ball.”
Michael Boyea added 14 points and 12 assists for North Country. Jared Heden and Steven Poulter each finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
“This was on of our best defensive games,” LaDue said. “We finished each possession with rebounds. There was only a handful of times that they had second-chance opportunities.
“Not having Brody (Douglass) due to his injury, it was huge for us to rebound well. I was very pleased with that.”
James Daniel paced the Falcons with 16 points, while Bradley Ellis chipped in with 12 points.
The Saints are back at it again today with a 2 p.m. contest against Corning.
North Country 77, Davis College 47
North Country (77)
Boyea 6-2-14, Henderson 2-0-5, Poulter 4-1-12, Heden 5-0-12, Carder 10-7-27, Brock 2-0-5, Mills 0-0-0, Grcic 0-0-0, Patraw 0-0-0, Poupore 0-0-0, Hanle 1-0-2, Stone 0-0-0. Totals: 30-10-77.
Davis College (47)
McEachin 0-0-0, Ellis 4-0-12, Bluie 2-1-6, Daniel 6-4-16, Sanders 1-1-3, Brown 1-0-2, Lewis 1-0-2, Terry 1-4-6. Totals: 16-10-47.
Halftime: North Country, 31-22.
3-point goals: North Country (7) Henderson, Poulter 3, Heden 2, Brock. Davis College (5) Ellis 4, Bluie.
Paul Smith’s 62
PAUL SMITHS — The Bobcats (3-13, 3-7) lost to New Hampshire Technical Institute, the No. 1 team in the Yankee Conference, by 30 points earlier this season.
Paul Smith’s, however, put up a better battle on Saturday.
Ahntwan Harris scored 17 points, Jackson Riel 16 and Terry Williams 14 to lead NHTI to the victory.
Four Paul Smith’s players hit in double figures, including Alex Medina with 17, Shiva Senthil 16, Adam Klock 15 and Connor McCuin, 10.
NHTI held a 35-30 lead at the half.
“The key to this game was controlling their transition offense and keeping them out of the lane,” said Paul Smith’s coach Joe Akey. “We executed the game plan very well. In the first half, we set the tone that this would be a defensive game.
“Our defense and pressure did not allow NHTI to get into any rhythm offensively. We did have two defensive lapses at the end of the first half that put us in the five-point hole.
“In the second half, with under 10 minutes remaining, they hit four very difficult jump shots that were well defended. That kept us from having an opportunity to take the lead. The biggest deficit all half was six points. In the last three minutes, we had a couple of great looks that didn’t go down for us.”
NHTI 68, Paul Smith’s 62
Be. Syla 2-0-5, Williams 5-4-14, Edgerly 1-1-3, Harris 6-4-17, Porter 1-0-2, Bens 0-0-0, B. Syla 1-0-3, Riel 5-3-16, Ibizugbe 2-0-4, Stevens 2-0-4, Sweeney 1-0-2. Totals: 25-12-68.
Paul Smith’s (62)
Medina 6-5-17, Wightman 0-0-0, Hapgood 0-0-0, Odell 2-0-4, Senthil 6-2-16, Klock 5-0-15, McCuin 5-0-10. Totals: 24-7-62.
Halftime: NHTI 35, Paul Smith’s 30.
3-point goals: NHTI (6): Riel 3; Be. Syla, B. Syla, Harris. Paul Smith’s (7): Klock 5; Senthil 2.
Davis College 77
North Country 52
JOHNSON CITY —Amber Wright poured in 29 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Falcons knocked off the Saints.
Natalie Wright chipped in with 17 points, while connecting on four 3-pointers, for Davis College in the win. Alainey Sweeney finished with eight points.
The Falcons held a 41-27 lead at the half.
Emily Lapage paced North Country with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Haylea Gary added 15 points and five assists. Stephanie Demarais scored nine points, all from 3-point range, and pulled down seven rebounds.
Davis College 77, North Country 53
North Country (53)
Uras 1-5-7, Kezar 2-0-5, Demarais 3-0-9, Gausby 0-0-0, Lapage 6-1-13, Gary 4-4-15, Branton 1-0-2, Jock 1-0-2. Totals: 18-10-53.
Davis College (77)
N. Wright 6-1-17, Haeniseh 1-0-2, Ellis 1-2-4, Sweeney 4-0-8, Sheldon 1-0-2, D. Wright 0-6-6, Kelleher 1-1-3, Rittenburg 2-2-6, A. Wright 11-4-29. Totals: 27-16-77.
Halftime: Davis College, 41-27.
3-point goals: North Country (7) Kezar, Demarais 3, Gary 3. Davis College (7) N. Wright 4, A. Wright 3.