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Albrecht Now 15th on NJCAA Wins List

February 01, 2013

John Connelly  
Guard John Connelly led a multi-faceted attack with
18 points in STLCC's 79-55 win over the Webster
University junior varsity squad Jan. 31.

A balanced scoring attack by the St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team helped the Archers win their second game in three days with a 79-55 road win over the Webster University junior varsity team.

While the victory helps the team recover from its five-game skid earlier in January, it also moves head coach Randy Albrecht up in the National Junior College Athletic Association record books. Thursday’s victory gave Albrecht career win No. 731, placing him in a three-way tie for 15th all-time for NJCAA men’s basketball victories. He joins Bill Carlyle at Walters State Community College (Tenn.) and retired North Idaho College coach Roland Williams.

“Later on, that may mean something, but I get concerned with each team coaching, and this team you get concerned with whatever the potential is,” Albrecht said. “We have plenty of games left to play and stuff to accomplish. So, I hope the players keep getting better and the team keeps getting better. We just have to keep working at it.”

Ahead of Albrecht on the all-time wins list is former Tyler Junior College (Texas) coach Floyd Wagstaff with 743.

The Archers once again had multiple players reach double digits in scoring. Freshman guard John Connelly (St. Mary’s) led STLCC with 18 points, 10 coming in the second half. Freshman guard Travon Williams (University City) also netted 10 points in the second half and ended the night with 13 total. Sophomore forwards Evan Jones (Cardinal Ritter) and Cameron Hicks (Clayton) contributed 17 and 10 points, respectively.

The five-game road trip ends with a two-game winning streak after the Archers dropped three straight away from Forest Park. STLCC is 4-4 on the road in 2012-13, but 16-7 overall. Albrecht said the 16 wins was one of the team’s preseason goals.

“One of our team goals for the year was to have a winning season, and 16 wins — we play a 30-game schedule — guarantees you [a winning season], even if you lose the first game in the regional,” Albrecht said.

The victory also secured STLCC’s 28th consecutive winning season.

Next up for the squad is a Saturday matinee, as the Archers host Wentworth Military Academy (13-6) at 3 p.m. The Red Dragons are 7-3 on the road this year, while the Archers are 8-3 on their home court.

“This is kind of a tough week in terms of we don’t have much preparation time for Wentworth on Saturday, and they’re pretty decent,” Albrecht said. “This will be an important game for us.”