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College basketball: Mohawk Valley schools JCC men, women

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The Jefferson Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams received an early-season lesson from Mohawk Valley CC in a Region 3 Division 3 doubleheader on Wednesday night at JCC.

The men’s team rallied to take a lead midway through the second half, but quickly squandered it before losing 87-79.

The women’s team came out sluggish at the start, finishing with an equal number of points and turnovers in the first half, and was unable to recover in a 60-47 loss, its first of the season.

MEN

MOHAWK VALLEY CC 87, JEFFERSON CC 79

Beaver River product Sam Widrick came in off the bench to score eight straight points and put the Cannoneers up 62-58 with 11 minutes left.

But the Hawks then called a timeout, went on a quick 7-0 run and never again relinquished the lead.

“The guys hung in there and finally strung a few stops together in a row and I think that was the key, just finding a way to get a couple stops,” said Mohawk Valley CC coach Matt St.Croix, who coached the JCC men’s team in the 2005-06 season.

“They got hot there in the middle of the second half. … We kind of lost a few of their guys, but once we contained and kept people in front and just contested shots, we were a lot better off,” he added.

Mohawk Valley CC, which improved to 5-2 overall, outrebounded the Cannoneers 50-31. That included 16 offensive rebounds that led to several second-chance points.

Lazaro Martinez finished with a game-high 17 rebounds to go with 21 points. Shaquille Mosley led both teams in scoring with 30.

“I think that was a wake-up call for the rest of the season,” said JCC sophomore transfer and Watertown High School’s all-time leading scorer, Dustin Pond. “We really need to work on transition defense and boxing out.”

“We got killed on the boards and in transition defense. That’s really what hurt us,” he added.

Pond led the way with 23 points for the Cannoneers (2-3). Jagger Freeman added 14 points and Damien Jackson finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Jackson left the game with about 10 minutes left with an apparent leg cramp but returned for the final few minutes.

“When we get the lead we have to run our offense through a little better and preserve that lead. At least get a good shot,” First-year JCC coach Joe Vaadi said. “But they’re a good team and they made some good shots. They crashed the boards wicked in the second half. (Martinez) destroyed us on the offensive glass.”

Widrick played nine minutes off the bench after missing much of the start of the season with illness and a wrist injury.

He hit back-to-back three’s from the same spot on the left wing to give JCC a 60-58 lead. On the next possession, again on the left wing, Widrick pump faked, took two dribbles and hit a floater to increase the JCC lead to four.

“We’ve got to move forward and learn from this,” Vaadi said. “We can’t dwell on this. We lost to a very good team but it’s a team I think we can definitely beat with a few adjustments.”

WOMEN

MOHAWK VALLEY CC 60, JEFFERSON 47

The JCC women’s team found itself in a 10-point hole five minutes into the game before scoring its first point.

The Cannoneers were never able to dig themselves out of it and suffered their first loss of the season as a result, dropping to 4-1 overall.

“With eight freshmen and a 4-0 start, maybe they think that they’re all right. But tonight we had a lot of weaknesses shown to us,” JCC coach Josh Woodward said.

JCC cut its deficit to 16-13 with six minutes left in the first half, but then gave up a 14-0 run, and the lead never dipped below double digits after that for the Hawks (6-2).

JCC finished with 15 turnovers in the first half and trailed 32-15 at the break.

The Cannoneers’ 47 points scored is 24 below their season average of 71. Their previous low was 64.

“We know what we got to work on, maybe now they realize what we have to work on,” Woodward said. “It’s time to get to work.”

LaQuasia Berry scored a game-high 29 points to go with six assists, five rebounds and five steals for the Hawks. Samantha Corbitt added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alyssa Crosby finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds for JCC. Kathleen Coloney added eight points and 14 rebounds.

Jasmine Canady, JCC’s only returning player from last season, finished with 15 points and four steals.

Sophomore transfer and former South Jefferson star Amanda Roberts finished with a team-high six assists.

CLARKSON 76, SUNY CANTON 66

Felix Abongo scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Clarkson University men’s basketball team to a win over SUNY Canton in a nonconference game in Canton.

Dylan Hodownes added 13 points for the Golden Knights (2-1 overall). Marques Charlton scored 12 points and John Coleman added 10 points and nine rebounds. Jeremy Liss snagged 11 rebounds for Clarkson.

Sam Annorh and Khalil Bratton each scored 12 points for the Kangaroos (0-3) and Khalid Vaughn added 10.





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