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Archers offense Tops Century Mark for 11th Straight Win

February 20, 2012

For the majority of the 2011-2012 season, St. Louis Community College gained a reputation for being able to emerge victorious in a slew of one- and two-possession games. Lately, however, they’d rather do without all that drama.

The Archers cruised to their 11th consecutive victory on Saturday, a 101-80 vanquishing of North Central College. It also marked their fourth straight game with a victory margin of nine or more points.

In what may be one of Randy Albrecht’s best coaching seasons to date, St. Louis Community College continues to exceed expectations. Well, at least the expectations of those outside the team itself.

“We’re winning, we’re focused and it’s just a team effort,” said sophomore forward Ryun Davis, who led the Archers with 22 points in the win. “People are knocking down shots and at the end of the day, we’re just having fun.”
Albrecht does, however, acknowledge the significance of wrapping up a Region XVI regular-season title despite getting regular production from three players who did not play competitively in more than a year, and the cohesiveness the Archers have enjoyed from that group.

“It’s really gratifying from the coaching standpoint,” Albrecht said. “We’re real happy with a lot of the stuff we’re seeing going on. What you want your team to do is find some easy ways to score. If you can find some easy baskets, whether it’s fast breaks or you run your half-court offense well enough to get inside, those are rewarding things for the team.  When you pass and cut through a team, that’s more unifying than one-on-one, jump over him and make a shot.”

Whether it was the result of a series of passes or a coast-to-coast drives to the lane, the Archers were making plenty of shots on Saturday. The Archers’ 101 points established a new season-high, and was accumulated by five different players reaching double figures in scoring. Sophomore guard Clyde Jeffers, who joined the team in January, scored 16 points in just under 15 minutes on the court. The Archers were dangerous from all areas of the court, as they knocked down nine of the team’s 16 attempts from three-point range. For the game, STLCC shot a season-best 63 percent from the field.

Up next for the Archers (19-6) is Lewis and Clark Community College, on Monday, Feb. 20 at Forest Park. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

Sideline Notes

  • St. Louis Community College will honor its All-Americans, Hall of Famers and former and current contributors to the basketball program, in addition to honoring the Archers’ 2012 sophomores,  prior to Monday’s game.