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Archers Work Overtime to Pick Up First Win of Season

November 10, 2011

Kyle Rice  
Sophomore forward Kyle Rice netted 16 points
before fouling out in the Archers' 82-81 overtime
win over Rend Lake.

For the second time in as many games, St. Louis Community College’s men’s basketball team found itself in a tight game at home in the waning minutes. This time, STLCC was able to finish.

The Archers had five players register double digits in scoring and rallied from a 40-32 halftime deficit to hold on for an 82-81 win over Rend Lake College in overtime.

Sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville) scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and overtime to lead the charge for the Archers. However, the biggest shots of the night may have come from sophomore forward Kyle Rice (Kirkwood). Rice, who finished the night with 16 points after fouling out in overtime, buried a pair of three-pointers late in the second half, including one that gave the Archers their first lead since notching the game’s first basket.

“Kyle’s been shooting the ball well all preseason,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “He’s got a nice shot, I’ve got confidence in his shooting. In the first game, he couldn’t get it going, couldn’t get any good looks.
This time he got some looks and he delivered for us. He was a plus tonight.”

With the game tied 66-66 entering overtime, STLCC put together its best offensive spurt of the night. The Archers scored seven points in the first 49 seconds of the extra period, quickly turning a tight contest into a three-possession lead. The Archers never did relinquish that lead, despite a few mistakes that aided Rend Lake’s attempts at a rally.

With the lead trimmed to 82-81 with five seconds remaining, a long inbounds pass eluded the reach of sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North), granting Rend Lake one more possession. But the Archers’ defense stiffened, preventing any of the Warriors from getting an open look at the basket as time expired.

Enis Mehmedovic  
Freshman guard Enis Mehmedovic tries to split the
defense in STLCC's 82-81 overtime win over Rend

The win evened the Archers’ record at 1-1, and was Albrecht’s 692nd victory at STLCC. But the veteran coach noted that there is much progress to be made.

“I think our players are disappointed with how we played toward the end,” Albrecht said. “It’s lessons to be learned. You hope if you get in that situation again (with a three-possession lead) that you don’t end up like that. The good thing is that we won the game.”

The Archers will play their first road games of the season this weekend at the Southwestern Illinois  College Classic in Belleville, Ill. They square off against Summit Christian Academy Friday (Nov. 11) at 6 p.m., then face Fort Leonard Wood at 1 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 12).