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SWIC Defense Stifles Archers

November 17, 2011

Ryun Davis  
Sophomore Ryun Davis scored 17 points and
grabbed six rebounds in STLCC's 77-57 home loss
to Southwestern Illinois College.

Randy Albrecht knew his team was in for a much different challenge on Monday than what the Archers had seen yet this season.

The St. Louis Community College head men’s basketball coach was plenty aware of the size, skill and athleticism the Archers were tasked with facing Wednesday night when they hosted Southwestern Illinois College.

After STLCC left the SWIC Classic last weekend with two victories, they returned home to face the host of that event. It didn’t go quite as well. After a brief offensive surge by the Archers, SWIC eventually cruised to a 77-57 victory.

SWIC used heavy doses of defensive pressure to stall numerous offensive possessions for STLCC. That defensive approach was particularly effective in the first half, when they forced 17 turnovers by the Archers.

“They played it straight for the first five or six minutes of the game, and then they decided to come after us,” Albrecht said. “We lost our poise, they hurried us up, and they trapped us all over. Nobody’s come at us like that. It’s a learning experience for our kids.”

The pressure was evident in the Archers’ shooting performance. In the first half, STLCC connected on 11 of 22 attempts from the field. That average took a tumble in the second half, as the Archers were 9 for 29 from the field the rest of the way.

Sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North) was one of the few bright spots for STLCC, leading the Archers with 17 points and six rebounds. The loss dropped STLCC to 3-2 on the season.

The Archers return to action Saturday at Kaskaskia Community College, making it two consecutive NJCAA Division I opponents in a week. Though it makes for a daunting challenge early in the year, Albrecht says the benefits of such a schedule are significant.

“I think it does (pay off) because when you get back to the ‘D-IIs,’ they don’t look quite so potent,” he said.