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Archers Drop Season Opener to John Wood College

November 02, 2011

With a freshly painted court, remodeled surroundings and an improved sound system, St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park gymnasium looked to be an excellent spot for its men’s basketball team to open with a win.

They came up three minutes short in what ended a 70-61 opening-night defeat against John Wood College.

Since rallying from a 25-17 deficit to tie the game at halftime, the Archers kept the game tight, even taking a four-point lead midway through the second half.

But that lead would be short-lived as John Wood took advantage of multiple Archers finding themselves in foul trouble. Chief among them was sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North), who scored 17 points on the night. Davis fouled out with less than three minutes remaining, leaving the Archers depleted in the post.

The overall performance did not satisfy the expectations of head coach Randy Albrecht.

“They outplayed us,” Albrecht said. “We didn’t have enough poise. We took a lot of bad shots. I think for whatever reason we were very nervous.”

The Archers had particular difficulty stopping John Wood guard Antonio Landers, who led all scorers with 31 points.

“Landers took some nice shots and he really got some confidence,” Albrecht said. “He’s a nice athlete and we had trouble containing him.”

With Davis limited in the second half due to foul trouble, much of the offensive burden was shifted to sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville). Hellems finished with a team-high 20 points, but that would not be enough to keep STLCC in the game late.

The Archers will have some time to regroup from Tuesday’s loss, as they will begin an eight-day layoff before hosting Rend Lake College Nov. 9.

Albrecht couldn’t be more pleased to have the extra time for preparation.
“We need eight days,” Albrecht said. “We need some time to evaluate what went wrong, why it went wrong, and we need to practice better. We learned some lessons tonight.”