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Archers Pull Off Shocker at SWIC

December 19, 2011

Harvey Mills  
Sophomore guard Harvey Mills hit a three-point shot with
1.9 seconds left Saturday as the Archers upset South-
western Illinois College 57-56 at SWIC.

Few could have seen this coming.

When Randy Albrecht describes a win as having a “miracle” finish, you can be sure the St. Louis Community College coach of 34 years isn’t exaggerating.

That’s precisely the way Albrecht summed up Saturday’s 57-56 win over perennial Division I power Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill. The win avenged the previous meeting between the two teams, when SWIC cruised to a 77-57 win over STLCC at Forest Park on Nov. 16. But the biggest story was how STLCC made it happen.

The Archers trailed for nearly the entirety of the contest, including 28-23 at halftime. But the second half belonged to the Archers, largely due to the outside shooting of sophomore guard Harvey Mills (Henrico, Va.). Mills connected on four three-pointers in the second half, including the game winner with 1.9 seconds remaining.

“You’re pretty lucky to win games like that,” Albrecht said. “It was just an uplifting win for us.”

To knock off a team that was able to dominate the previous matchup showed the progress Albrecht’s team has made in recent weeks. The Archers had held their own against other Division I opponents, such as Kaskaskia College and John Wood College, but had been unable to finish. They achieved that feat Saturday.

“When you lose, you can usually look at it as an educational thing,” Albrecht said. “They’re teaching you a lesson. They’re teaching you things you’re not good at. We’ve just tried to address the most glaring weakness as we’ve gone along.”

For the game, Mills and sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North) led the Archers with 14 points. Sophomore forward Kyle Rice (Kirkwood) added 12. The bench production of Mills became particularly necessary due to SWIC holding sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville), the Archers’ leading scorer this season, to just seven points.

The Archers improved to 7-5 on the year, with one game remaining before the team leaves for Arizona during the semester break.

But as Albrecht was quick to note, this win was anything but routine, due to both the opponent and the late rally.

“Out of all the wins I’ve had, I would say this is one of the more fortunate ones I’ve had as far as guys making shots down the stretch,” Albrecht said.