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Sharp-shooting Loggers Knock off Archers

January 12, 2013

Travon Williams  
Travon Williams turns the corner against a Lincoln Land
defender in Saturday's 58-53 home loss. Williams led the
Archers with 14 points.

The last time the St. Louis Community men’s basketball faced Lincoln Land College, the Archers pulled away late in a 20-point victory on Dec. 16.

That familiarity served the Archers no benefit Saturday, as Lincoln Land’s adjustments and early lead helped them to a 58-53 win over STLCC.

The Archers (14-4) struggled to build any momentum early, as they scored just 18 first-half points and found themselves with a 12-point deficit at the half.

“They’re well-coached and you can get a lot of 17-footers against them, but they try to keep you away from the basket,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “We jumped up and shot a lot of 17-footers, but we just didn’t make most of them.”

The Loggers found plenty of success from beyond the 3-point arc, connecting on seven of their attempts from long range. Loggers guard Garrett Williams drained all four of his 3-point attempts, including one in the final minute to extend Lincoln Land’s lead to four to negate a late Archers rally.

Jon Connelly  
Freshman guard Jon Connelly drives the
lane en route to two of his 11 points in
STLCC's 58-53 home loss to Lincoln Land
College Saturday.

A pair of freshman guards led the Archers in scoring as Travon Williams (University City) finished with 14, and Jon Connelly (St. Mary’s) poured in 11. Ultimately, the Archers’ previous success against Lincoln Land may have served as a false sense of security in the team’s second meeting with the Loggers.

“We thought we would win this game because we beat them (earlier this year), but it was a close game until late when we beat them up there,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “It’s tough to go on the road for five games after a game like this, but kids are resilient, and we’ll bounce back.”

The Archers will embark on perhaps the most arduous portion of their schedule, as they will travel to North Central, Three Rivers and Penn Valley colleges over the next two weeks. The Archers will be away from STLCC-Forest Park until Feb. 2 when they host Wentworth Military Academy.