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Archers Return Home after Strong Showing in Texas

January 07, 2013

Brandon Hannah  
Forward Brandon Hannah averaged 15.3 points per game for the Archers during their recent three-game road trip to Texas. STLCC won two of the three games to improve to 14-2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team had its work cut out for it entering last week, when they traveled to northern Texas for a three-game, four-day road trip.

The Archers passed that test impressively, winning two of their three games in the Lone Star State and returning home with a record of 15-2, reaching 13 games above the .500 plateau for the first time this season.

After dropping their first game of the three-game set to Eastfield College 94-81 on Jan. 2, the Archers rebounded with a 62-53 win over North Lake College Jan. 3, and concluded the road trip with a 77-68 victory over Mountain View College on Jan. 5.

The 2-1 showing on the road served as validation of the team’s hot start to the 2012-13 season. In addition to their 14-2 record, the Archers are now 6-1 in games played on the road or on a neutral court.

The Archers enjoyed a surge in offensive production from freshman forward Brandon Hannah (Chaminade), who scored 16 points in the finale against Mountain View, and averaged a team-best 15.3 points per game on the road trip.

With sophomore center Will Clark (Summit) academically ineligible for the remainder of the semester, Hannah’s contributions could not have come at a better time.

“Brandon Hannah has been our best player on the trip, and we need him without Will,” head coach Randy Albrecht said prior to the Jan. 5 win.

Moving forward, Clark’s minutes are likely to be soaked up by a combination of Hannah, freshman forward Joe Reed (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore forward Nick Lawshe (McCluer North).

Outside of the offensive contributions of Hannah, the Archers’ success has hinged heavily on the team’s defense. Following their win over Mountain View, the Archers have held their opponents to a nation-low field-goal percentage of 34 percent. The Archers have been even stingier from beyond the arc, holding opponents to a 3-point field-goal rate of 24.1 percent.

The Archers resume play Tuesday, when they host State Fair Community College. Game time is 7 p.m.