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Archers’ Fourth Straight Win Is Close Call

November 18, 2012

Will Clark  
Freshman Will Clark scored 19 points to pace
STLCC to a 66-65 win over Lindenwood-Belleville's
junior varsity squad Saturday.

As the STLCC men’s basketball team found Saturday, not all junior varsity programs are created equally.

The Archers encountered one of their toughest games of the season in a 66-65 win over Lindenwood University-Belleville’s JV.

The Archers, who led 65-58 with just under two minutes to play, withstood a 7-1 run by the Lynx to close the game. Lindenwood-Belleville had the final possession with a chance for the win, but the shot at the buzzer glanced off the rim.

Though the win was anything but pretty, close wins early in the season could prove beneficial for the Archers, particularly against a quality opponent.

“I was worried about us playing half-court offense against that team,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “That was the best man-to-man defensive team we’ve seen.”

Much of the Archers’ offense was funneled in to the paint, where forward Will Clark (Summit) collected a game-high 19 points.

The narrow victory gave STLCC the experience of winning a one-possession game, while also exposing some of the Archers’ weak areas. STLCC was particularly vulnerable at the free-throw line, where the Archers hit just one of their last six. STLCC also had its struggles with perimeter defense, as the Lynx connected on eight 3-point attempts.

“I think there were enough chances to lose that one that everyone realized that we were in danger,” Albrecht said. “We missed some free throws, we gave up some shots. We’ve got some things to work on.”

With the win, the Archers improved to 5-1 on the season, and have won four in a row. The team’s next action will come on Wednesday, when STLCC hosts the Fontbonne University junior varsity. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. in the STLCC-Forest Park gymnasium.