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Archers Hold Off Lewis and Clark in Shootout

December 10, 2012

Travon Williams  
Travon Williams put up a shot in action versus
Mid-South Dec. 7.

After nearly a month of blowout victories over four-year junior varsity programs, St. Louis Community College passed its first real test since the second game of the season. Barely.

The Archers opened the 2012 STLCC JUCO Shootout with a 47-45 win over Lewis and Clark Community College.

But the slim margin of victory only begins to describe how precarious Sunday’s win was. While clinging to their two-point lead in the final minute of regulation, the Archers missed six consecutive free throws, presenting an opportunity for Lewis and Clark to tie or win the game with its final possession. That last chance ended without the Trailblazers getting a shot off, as the Archers won their ninth consecutive game and improved their season record to 10-1.

That point total was the lowest of the season for the Archers, whose next-lowest scoring output was 53, in a 56-53 loss to Lincoln College Nov. 3.

“I thought we battled back well,” head coach Randy Albrecht. “I don’t think we played anybody bigger than us in a long time. We really got a lot of help from Travon Williams off the bench, and defensively, we did all right.”

Williams (University City) led the Archers with 14 points in a reserve role.

STLCC trailed by six at halftime, before grabbing a five-point lead with two minutes remaining.
The Archers then were forced to cling to their lead as they struggled from the free-throw line.

“This was the first time all year that we had a little pressure on us, and I don’t think we responded real well to that,” Albrecht said. “In the end, I felt like we could play a lot better, but I’m sure they (Lewis and Clark) felt that way, too.”

Movin’ On Up

Sunday’s win was the 725th junior college victory for Albrecht, as he passed Dennis Helms for 16th on the all-time list.

Shootout Notes

Sunday’s shootout was the best-attended event of the season for STLCC. There also were scouts and coaches from more than 50 four-year institutions on hand for the four-game shootout.

In other action, Southwestern Illinois College defeated Three Rivers 65-64, Mineral Area beat Shawnee 59-49, and Moberly Area Community College bested John A. Logan 71-65.