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Balanced Attack Lifts Archers to Win No. 8

December 20, 2011

Kyle Rice rebounds  
Kyle Rice is surrounded by Lincoln Land defenders in Monday's 68-51 win. Rice was one of four players in double figures with 11 points.














After the emotional lift of a one-point win Saturday over Southwestern Illinois College, it didn’t take much to get St. Louis Community College ready to play on Monday.

The Archers started fast and never let up against Lincoln Land College, opening up a 35-20 halftime lead en route to a 68-51 win. Sophomore guard Jordan Jones (Marquette) nailed a three-pointer on the Archers’ first possession, allowing STLCC to carry a lead through the entire contest.

“I think it was really a season high after the SWIC game on Saturday,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “(When) we came out, Jamese Taylor got us going. Jordan Jones hit a three, and then Jamese hit his first three shots. We really shot the ball well, and we haven’t done that on this court.”

Ryun Davis drives to the basket.  
Ryun Davis drives to the basket against Lincoln Land.
Davis finished with 13 points for the Archers.

With the two wins they picked up in the Southwestern Illinois College Classic in November, the Archers entered the game with the odd distinction of having more wins at SWIC – three – than at home this season, where they had won just two games. They were able to change that with a balanced offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures.

Taylor (Fort Zumwalt North) led the Archers with 15 points, while sophomore Ryun Davis (McCluer North) added 13, sophomore Kyle Rice (Kirkwood) netted 11 and sophomore Toraino Hellems (Oakville) had 10.

“I really like balance,” Albrecht said. “I’ve had a few teams where there’s an exceptional player that can score in any game, any situation. But you almost have to be what I call a ‘five-tool’ player in order to do that. You’ve got to have the three-point (shooting), you have to have a one-on-one, you have to have a post-up game, you have to be able to run the court and you have to be able to offensive rebound. If you can do all of those things, you can probably score every night, but most guys don’t have those tools. Kyle
Rice is really starting to finish so well around the basket. I was really pleased with some of the moves he made late in the game.”

With the win, the Archers improved to 8-5 on the season. The win was Albrecht’s 699th at St. Louis Community College. He’ll get his first shot at No. 700 on Jan. 3, when the team travels to Yuma, Ariz., to take on Arizona Western College.