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Bench Propels Archers to Regional Win

February 02, 2013

Evan Jones  
Sophomore forward Evan Jones looks for an opening in the
Wentworth defense in Saturday's 67-56 win over Wentworth
Military Academy. Jones topped the Archers with 13 points.

The St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team used all the cards in its deck to grind out a 67-56 home victory over the Wentworth Military Academy Feb. 2.

The Archers (17-2 overall, 1-2 Region XVI) are now on a three-game winning streak, thanks to the bench chipping in 28 points. Sophomore forward Evan Jones (Cardinal Ritter) – who started the contest – led the Archers with 13 points. Sophomore guard Enis Mehmedovic (Bayless) came off the bench to hit for 11 points. Freshman guards Travon Williams (University City) and Tremayne Garrett (McCluer North) scored four and six points, respectively. Sophomore forwards Nick Lawshe (McCluer North) with three points and Cameron Hicks’ (Clayton) four points rounded out the bench’s contributions.

Head coach Randy Albrecht said while the bench’s help is important, he doesn’t necessarily see it as “starters” and “bench.”

“We haven’t had the same starters all year,” Albrecht said. “A lot of different guys have had a chance to start. I don’t feel like I have starters and bench. We’ve got 10 guys who can all contribute in the right situation. We did get some lift there with some plays off the bench. We need that.”

The Archers also shot 72.2 percent from the charity stripe and out-rebounded Wentworth 51-24 in their first Region XVI win of the season. Albrecht said the team didn’t want to fall to 0-3 in the region’s contests.

“There are six games against this region’s teams, and we lost the first two on the road, so you have to protect your home court,” Albrecht said. “We knew Wentworth would be a pretty decent team, and we’re happy to get a win.”

The win also put Albrecht alone in 15th place in the all-time NJCAA men’s basketball coaching wins department with 732.

Up next for the Archers is a contest against Mineral Area College (18-5 overall) Wednesday (Feb. 6) at Forest Park. After the Archers take on the Cardinals, they will host the Washington University junior varsity squad Feb. 11. Both games tip of at 7:30 p.m.

Albrecht said the current win streak will help the Archers in the upcoming tough games.

“You like to have momentum,” Albrect said “Mineral’s really strong this year. They’ll come in and press us, but it will be a good experience for us. Wash. U. is obviously a smart team.”