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Archers Upset Three Rivers at Home

January 26, 2012

Charley Mueller  
Charley Mueller, shown here against Shawnee
College, was perfect from the field with a four-for-
four night and finished with 13 points in STLCC's
78-72 upset of Three Rivers at home.

St. Louis Community College’s men’s basketball team isn’t supposed to be doing this. Division II teams that start multiple freshmen and have players on their roster who are playing competitively for the first time in three years simply aren’t supposed to be pulling upsets like the one they secured on Wednesday night.

On paper, the Archers faced a tall task, both literally and figuratively, when facing Three Rivers Community College Wednesday at home. The Raiders, with eight players listed 6-foot-4 or taller, compared to two Archers players of such stature, seemed to have a physical advantage. The Raiders, however, were never able to take advantage of it as the Archers scored a 78-72 upset victory.

STLCC simply outshot its opponent. The Archers had five players reach double digits in scoring, led by sophomore guard Toraino Hellems (Oakville) with 17 points. Freshman forward Charley Mueller (Lindbergh) had what may have been his best performance to date for the Archers, finishing with 13 points on four-of-four shooting from the floor.

“Charley Mueller hit big shot after big shot,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “He’s a work in progress. Sometimes his confidence goes up and down, and a game like this gives you confidence.”

STLCC put the Raiders away late in the second half with a 15-4 run, before holding on for the six-point victory.

For the game, the Archers shot 47 percent from the floor and 78 percent from the free-throw line. Both marks were superior to Three Rivers. The Archers’ best offensive weapon on Wednesday was the team’s outside shooting, where they were a season-best eight for 14 from beyond the arc.

All that success offensively put the Archers in a position to secure their second upset of a Division I opponent this year. Their first was a 57-56 win at Southwest Illinois College on Dec. 17.

“I just couldn’t be prouder of kids who battle, not only against size, but talent,” Albrecht said. “Basketball is a game where it’s not always about the team with the best players. It’s the team with the players who play the best. Tonight was our night.”

In the most recent NJCAA Division II poll, the Archers remained just outside the Top 20, receiving 13 votes. With their latest win moving the Archers’ record to 13-6, they may be headed for national rankings sooner rather than later.

The Archers will host Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Saturday (Jan. 28). Tipoff at Forest Park is 3 p.m.