Men’s basketball stings Saints in Saranac
Saranac Lake, NY – The Generals played and won their fifth game in eight days on Sunday afternoon. The visitors from Herkimer defeated the North Country Saints 65-52.
As usually happens in the Alumni Gymnasium at the Sparks Athletic Complex, the Generals needed a few game minutes to get their offense in gear. The Saints led 10-8 after six minutes of play, but the Generals did get it going. They did so with major contributions from two players who are not usually the high scorers. Johnnie Davis and Mike Thomas led the team with 13 and 12 points respectively.
Photo: Johnnie Davis tallies two in first-half action
North Country struck first, with a two and a three. Todd Hunt then got the visitors on the board with a pair of free throws.
Herkimer's first field goal was spectacular. Demetrius Mitchell launched a setup pass for Dequan Jefferson, and Jefferson finished the alley-oop with a two-handed stuff.
A two-point jumper by Jonathan Feiler put Herkimer ahead 6-5, but the game was going to stay close for a while. Midway through the half, Herkimer was ahead by a score of 12-10. Then the Saints charged into the lead at 22-21 as the half was nearing its end.
Photo: Dequan Jefferson with a first-half three
A Steve Whittingham three and four points from Davis helped the Generals' cause. The final three points of the half came when the Saints were given a technical foul after fouling Jerome Floyd. Davis went to the line for Herkimer and sank both FTs. Floyd sank one, and the half ended 31-25 in Herkimer's favor.
The second half began with the Generals playing more effectively. Mitchell hit for three. Feiler scored. Floyd scored. Hunt took a rebound back up for two. Herkimer led by 12 at 39-27.
Feiler, however, ran into foul trouble. He picked up his fourth before the half reached its midpoint, so the Generals had to adjust to playing without their big man. They adjusted well.
Herkimer's maintenance of their lead was aided by three-pointers by Hunt and Davis. Mike Thomas sank two free throws, and the Herkimer lead remained at 12 points.
Jason Foden took a pass from Floyd and scored. Thomas sank a three, and the score was 61-42.
Herkimer finished the game with strong play at both ends of the court. The final score was 65-52.
The Generals are now 25-3, and are working to put a strong finish on the regular season. They have just one home game left, on Wednesday, and will finish the regular schedule in Schenectady on Saturday.
The Wednesday event will be a women's-men's doubleheader starting with the women's tipoff at 5:00 p.m. The men's game will follow at 7:00. It will be Seniors Night for both teams.
Nick Scribe, website writer
Herkimer scoring: Davis 13, Floyd 6, Whittingham 3, Mitchell 3, Young 2, Hunt 9, Jefferson 7, Thomas 12, Feiler 8, Foden 2 – Total 65
[ Ed. Note: The men's team reached the 25-win milestone on Sunday, and the women's team reached a milestone on Sunday too. The Lady Generals won their 20th game and own a most-commendable record of 20-7. ]