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Albrecht Collects 700th Victory at STLCC

January 05, 2012

Randy Albrecht  
Coach Randy Albrecht reached the 700-win
plateau with St. Louis Community College
as his squad defeated Tohono O'odhom
Community College 87-77 Jan. 4.

Randy Albrecht couldn’t have envisioned this when he signed on as the head basketball coach at Meramec 35 years ago.

In the second half of a two-game swing in Arizona, the Archers provided their head coach with his 700th victory with St. Louis Community College, in an 87-77 win over Tohono O’odhom Community College on Wednesday.

As he approached win No. 700, Albrecht downplayed any special significance to the milestone.

“It will later, maybe, but right now I’m just working on the second semester and working with this team,” Albrecht said following the Archers’ win over Lincoln Land College in their final game before leaving for Arizona.

After coaching at STLCC as long as Albrecht has, few things catch him off-guard on a basketball court in a community college setting. But with such a large influx of new players this year, including starters who had last played competitively three and four years ago, this year posed a unique challenge to Albrecht and his coaching staff. Entering the third month of the season, Albrecht’s team looks like a winner again.

“I like the kids on this team,” Albrecht said. “I like our potential. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be when we started. It was a lot of new people, but a lot of people are stepping up and I think there’s hope for us second semester.”

While newcomers have often been the main story for the Archers this season, it was two of Albrecht’s holdovers from last year that led the charge in the win over Tohono O’odhom. Sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North) led all scorers with 22 points, and sophomore guard Toraino Hellems finished with 14. The 87 points marked a season-high for the Archers, who had previously broken the 80-point plateau three times in 14 games. The offensive output remained consistent throughout the contest, as the Archers took a 39-36 lead into halftime, and pulled away late.

The win improved the Archers’ record to 9-6 on the year heading into a favorable portion of the schedule.

The team plays nine of its next 12 games at home, and doesn’t play consecutive games away from the home court until Feb. 25-29.