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Men’s Basketball Suffers First Loss

November 05, 2012

Travon Williams  
Travon Williams puts up two of his eight points against
Lincoln College in Saturday's 56-53 loss at home.

After cruising to a blowout win over Missouri Baptist University’s junior varsity on Thursday, the Archers experienced their first close game Saturday in a 56-53 loss at home to Lincoln College.

The game remained tight throughout, with Lincoln taking a three-point lead into halftime. STLCC grabbed a lead briefly in the second half, but were unable to maintain it as early free-throw shooting woes and late foul trouble caught up with the Archers.

“I think we probably learned a lot of things about what it takes to win,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “You can win these games a variety of ways, but our ball handling needed to be improved. When we grabbed the lead late, I thought we were going to win it, but we never made the big play at the end that we needed to.”

The Archers were without freshman guard Tremayne Garrett (McCluer North), who was forced to leave the game in the second half with a knee injury, and sophomore center Will Clark (Summit), who fouled out in the waning minutes.

Cameron Hicks  
Cameron Hicks battles for possession against a
Lincoln College defender. Hicks scored 11 points
in the Archers 56-53 loss Saturday at home.

Despite the loss, Albrecht was able to pick out a couple positive trends in the wake of his team’s first significant test of the season.

“The positive part was I thought we competed well,” Albrecht said. “I thought we were prepared to deal with pressure.“

Sophomore forward Cameron Hicks (Clayton) led the Archers with 11 points against Lincoln, followed by freshman guard Travon Williams (University City), who finished with eight. STLCC struggled from the perimeter, as the Archers were held without a three-point field goal in Saturday’s game.

The Archers resume play next weekend, when they travel to Belleville, Ill., for the Southwestern Illinois College Classic.