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Men Struggle throughout Loss to Penn Valley

February 21, 2013

Cameron Hicks  
Cameron Hicks puts up a shot in the Archers' 84-63 loss to
Penny Valley Feb. 20.

In a coaching career that has spanned more than 35 years at St. Louis Community College, it’s not often you hear Randy Albrecht speak in superlatives following a game.

However, the disappointment attached to an 84-63 loss to Penn Valley led to just that.

“It’s just like a complete collapse,” Albrecht said. “This is one of the more disappointing losses as far as our effort was concerned, that I’ve ever coached here at St. Louis Community College. But I’ll say this: I knew there was the possibility of these things happening when your opponent wants to play fast and you want to play slower and control the tempo, and you can’t do it. It makes you look bad.”

The Archers’ latest loss continues a concerning trend in first halves of games. The Archers actually outscored the Scouts in the second half, 40-37. But it was the first half, when STLCC was outscored by a 47-23 margin that left the Archers searching for a silver lining.

The loss secured a season sweep for Penn Valley over the Archers. There is a possibility, perhaps even a probability that the two teams will meet again next week in the Region XVI Tournament. The Archers will need an effort that did not resemble anything close to Wednesday’s in order to compete in that potential winner-take-all matchup.

“I think we will see them, and it depends on how the seeding comes out, but we could play Penn again,” Albrecht said. “I think the chances are pretty good we’re going to see Penn next Friday. We’ve got to change completely what we did today, because that’s not going to work.”

The Archers will get one more chance at regular season redemption on Saturday, when they hit the road for one final time at Lindenwood University-Belleville. A win could create a bit of momentum entering next week’s Region XVI Tournament.

Albrecht spoke in no uncertain terms about the importance of a strong performance this weekend leading into postseason play.”

“I think this is a pride game for us,” Albrecht said. If we come out and don’t play well Saturday, we might as well turn in the uniforms. We need to bounce back Saturday.”