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Archers' Slow Start Leads to Road Loss

January 28, 2013

Kuna Lahai-Pumagoi  
Kuna Lahai-Pumagoi reached double figures in scoring
against Penn Valley with 12 points, but the Archers suffered
their third straight loss of the week by a 71-60 count.

Following Saturday’s 71-60 loss to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, the St. Louis Community College’s men’s basketball team can take solace in one fact—its recent grueling road trip has reached its conclusion.

The three-game trip, which Archers head coach Randy Albrecht dubbed the most challenging stretch of games this year, left them 0-3 in the past week, dropping their season record to 14-7.

The Archers struggled to gain an early advantage against the Scouts, as Penn Valley entered halftime with a 10-point lead.

Freshman forward Brandon Hannah (Chaminade) paced the Archers with 13 points. Freshman guard Kuna Lahai-Pumagoi (Edwardsville) added 12, and guard Travon Williams (University City) netted 11. Williams has attained 10 or more points in three of his last four games.

But those contributions were not enough for STLCC to gain much traction offensively, as the Archers were held to just 25 first-half points. A better second-half showing also was not enough to buoy the Archers, as Penn Valley (10-7) pulled away with four different players hitting double figures in scoring. At 14-7, the Archers fell to seven games above .500 for the first time since Dec. 1, when they were 8-1 on the year.

January has not been kind to STLCC, as the Archers have posted a 2-5 record in the month, with one more game to play, on the road Jan. 29 against Fontbonne University’s junior varsity.

The team will look forward to a return home Saturday, Feb. 2, in a 3 p.m. contest against Wentworth Military Academy. STLCC is 8-3 in home games this season.