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The Times
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Generals repeat in Region III

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  • DELHI, N.Y. — For the second year in a row, the Herkimer County Community College Generals are champions of Region III.
    The Generals led for only three minutes in Sunday’s championship game at Clark Field House but held the lead at the right time when they defeated Clinton Community College 81-75.
    Enson Garcia, the tournament’s most valuable player, led a second-half comeback by the Generals who had beaten Clinton twice previously this season. Sidelined with foul trouble in the first half, Garcia scored 13 of the Generals’ first 15 points of the second and helped cut Clinton’s lead form 13 points to two.
    After Garcia and Wendall Williams both committed their fourth fouls, RaShawn Collins II stepped up for Herkimer. With his team trailing by six points, Collins strung together a jumpshot, a free throw and a steal that set the stage for a Jonathan Feiler putback as the Generals closed to within one point at 73-72 with 3 1/2 minutes left to play.
    Collins hit two free throws for the lead and his spurt was part of an 18-2 run by the Generals to end the game.
    Garcia scored 27 points in the title game while Feiler, the Mountain Valley Conference Player of the Year, had 25 with nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Williams chipped in with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
    Herkimer (25-7), an overtime semifinal winner Saturday against Mohawk Valley Community College, had trailed by 15 points within the first four minutes of Sunday’s game. The Generals tied the game once but fell back behind and trailed 50-42 at halftime.
    Bayron Carter scored 27 points for Clinton while Mykelle Krecko had 19 points and 16 rebounds.
    In Saturday’s 66-65 win against Mohawk Valley, the generals led 36-25 at halftime then went to overtime tied at 58. Williams scored six of Herkimer’s eight points in overtime and had the decisive free throw with 3.5 seconds left.
    Feiler had 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday, Garcia had 17 and seven, and Williams notched 16 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
    Tyan Rolon led Mohawk Valley with 18 points while Phil Carr had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Lazaro Martinez had 14 and 10.
    The win put Herkimer in the regional final for the third year in a row and seventh time in 10 years.
    The NJCAA’s Division III tournament will be played March 13-16 at Sullivan Community College.
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