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Archers Finish with a Flourish in Win over Webster JV

January 15, 2012

Charley Mueller  
Charley Mueller goes up for the dunk in the Archers'
69-41 win over the Webster University junior varsity
squad.

In his first experience as acting head coach at St. Louis Community College, Ken Libby described the experience as hopping back on a bicycle. But for the first 20 minutes of the Archers’ 69-41 win over the Webster University junior varsity team, the tires on that bike were looking a little flat.

Libby, the Archers’ veteran assistant coach, patrolled the sideline Friday in head coach Randy Albrecht’s stead, as Albrecht was being honored at Sparta High School in Illinois.

The Archers had difficulty finding an offensive rhythm early, as they were unable to create many opportunities in the paint, instead settling for low-percentage shots at the perimeter. As STLCC entered the locker room at halftime tied 25-25, Libby’s message to his team was simple.

“I could have gone in and gotten upset,” Libby said. “But I just looked at the goals we had up on the board and said we’ve only achieved two out of the seven. They did agree and they knew they were sluggish.”

The Archers certainly made up for lost time in the second half, as they jumped out on a 13-2 run to open the second half, prompting a Webster timeout. The team had four players notch double-figure scoring totals, led by freshman Harvey Mills (Henrico, Va.), who finished with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Toraino Hellems  
Toraino Hellems goes airborne looking for
a teammate in the Archers' victory over the
Webster University JV.

The Archers were particularly dangerous from three-point range, connecting on five of their nine attempts from beyond the arc in the second half. Also making key contributions was sophomore guard Darryn Anderson (Hazelwood Central), who continues to see more time since recovering from an early-season ankle sprain. Anderson tallied 12 points in 14 minutes.

The Archers moved to 10-6 on the year with the win, and have won four of their past five contests. Next up is Shawnee College at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 19) at Forest Park, as STLCC continues a string of four of its next five games at home.

Sideline Notes

The Archers played the majority of the first half without sophomore forward Ryun Davis (McCluer North), who arrived late to pregame warm-ups.
Freshman Charley Mueller (Lindbergh) started in his place.

The Archers will be without forward Jamese Taylor (Fort Zumwalt North), who was declared academically ineligible for the second half of the season. Taylor had appeared in each of the Archers’ first 15 games of the season.