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Men’s Basketball Rolling Following Break

November 26, 2012

Enis Mehmedovic  
Sophomore guard Enis Mehmedovic was one of four Archers
to hit for double figures in a 90-63 win over Fontbonne's
junior varsity squad.

Randy Albrecht typically prefers his teams to be able to gradually work their way into their schedule, and this year’s slate has allowed the Archers to do just that.

With five junior varsity opponents in their first seven games, the Archers have opened the season 6-1 with an average margin of victory of 29 points.

The early-season success has been encouraging to what is almost an entirely new team this winter. Only sophomore guard Enis Mehmedovic (Bayless) remains from last year’s 24-win team.

Albrecht and assistant coaches Ken Libby and Al Yanko have used a myriad of lineup combinations through the season’s first month, searching for a set of five players that will set itself apart from the rest. That combination has not shown itself to date, though many options have proven to be productive.

Cameron Hicks  
Cameron Hicks drives through the Fontbonne defense for
two points in the Archers'  90-63 win Nov. 21.

“We have 12 players, and trying to decide who’s number one and who’s number 12 would be a difficult task, because it changes day to day,” Albrecht said. “If you perform in the games, then you get another chance. But if you don’t perform, someone else is going to get some opportunities.”

The rotating opportunities have yielded scoring from multiple players on nearly a nightly basis. In a 90-63 win over Fontbonne University’s junior varsity last Wednesday, sophomore forwards Evan Jones (Cardinal Ritter) and Cameron Hicks (Clayton), as well as freshman forward Joe Reed (St. Louis, Mo.) and Mehmedovic all registered 10 or more points.

The win was the fifth of at least a 10-point margin for STLCC. It also was the third time this season that the Archers reached the 90-point plateau. Last year, STLCC scored 90 or more points in just two of its 32 games.

After what will be an eight-day layoff, the Archers will resume play Thursday when they host Webster University’s junior varsity in search of their sixth consecutive win. Thursday’s game will be the first of four home games in a 10-day span. The contest tips off at 7:30 p.m. in the STLCC-Forest Park gymnasium.