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State Fair Proves too Much for STLCC

January 09, 2013

Evan Jones  
Evan Jones led the Archers with 14 points in their 74-61
loss to State Fair Community College Jan. 8. The loss
snapped STLCC's seven-game home winning streak.

After winning two out of three games in Texas just a week ago, the St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team returned home with a considerable amount of momentum. That momentum met an immovable object Tuesday night, in the form of State Fair Community College.

After the Archers initially grabbed a 4-0 lead, the Roadrunners grasped control of the game in the first half, and never let go in a 74-61 win over STLCC. Four different State Fair players reached double figures in scoring.

The Roadrunners were particularly lethal from 3-point range, connecting on eight of 20 attempts. Putting the Roadrunners on the free-throw line proved unproductive as well, as State Fair sank a remarkable 88 percent (28 of 32) of their free throws.

In all, it was a stout performance from State Fair, which entered the contest averaging 89 points per game.

“They brought their ‘A-game’ on the road,” Archers head coach Randy Albrecht said. “I thought we got some nice play from a lot of people. They were just too good for us tonight. Give them credit.”

Only one Archer player reached double figures in scoring, as sophomore forward Evan Jones (Cardinal Ritter) finished with 14 points.

Though the Archers managed to dig into their deficit multiple times throughout Tuesday’s contest, State Fair proved to be too much. STLCC entered the game ranked 11th in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association men’s basketball poll, the team’s highest ranking since moving to districtwide athletics teams in 2011.

“I think overall we’re pretty disappointed because we didn’t play as well as we should have,” said freshman center Joe Reed (St. Louis, Mo.), who finished with eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. “(State Fair) is a D-I team. They’re good. We expected that they’d be pretty good, but we’re pretty disappointed with our overall turnout.”

The loss dropped the Archers to 14-3 on the season, and halted a seven-game home winning streak. The Archers hadn’t dropped a home contest since Lincoln College beat them 56-53 on Nov. 3.

The Archers will return to action Saturday, when they host Lincoln Land Community College in the second meeting of the year between the two teams. The Archers won the first meeting, 67-47 on Dec. 16 in Springfield, Ill. Tipoff Saturday is 3 p.m.