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Archers Come Up Short against Lindenwood-Belleville JV
February 23, 2013
|Joe Reed paced the Archers with 12 points in their
regular season-ending 61-59 loss to Lindenwood
University-Belleville's junior varsity team Feb. 23.
The St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team dropped its regular-season finale Saturday, falling to Lindenwood University-Belleville’s junior varsity, 61-59.
Lindenwood-Belleville proved to be an uncommon JV program throughout the year, as the Archers defeated the Lynx by one point in the two teams’ first meeting. Saturday marked STLCC’s first loss to a junior varsity program during the past two seasons.
Complicating matters for the Archers was having three productive players unavailable for the second half, when the game was decided.
“We had a slight lead at half, but Nick (Lawshe) was hurt, he sprained his ankle when he slipped on ice,” head coach Randy Albrecht said. “Brandon (Hannah) wasn’t there, and Tremayne’s (Garrett) knee was bad, so we were down to seven able-bodied guys in the second half.”
Freshman forward Joe Reed (St. Louis) led the Archers with 12 points in a losing effort.
The Archers (19-11) will now have to turn the page quickly, as they prepare for the opening of the Region XVI Tournament Friday at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. The Archers will take on Wentworth Military Academy, with whom they split a pair of games this year. However, their loss in the last meeting between the two teams spurred a four-game, season-ending winning streak for Wentworth.
Albrecht acknowledged the last three weeks have been less than prosperous for a team that started the season in the national rankings.
“It’s going to be tough, because we’re not on a good finish,” Albrecht said. “We’re not healthy. We’re going to try to regroup, but (we’ll see) if it’s going to happen. (But) tournaments are funny things and you never know what will happen.”
Albrecht would know that as well as anyone. One year ago, the Archers entered the tournament with the top seed, only to fall to Penn Valley, whom they had beaten twice during the regular season, in the regional championship game.
The Archers will be counting on that unpredictability to serve them well this weekend. Game time for the Archers’ Region XVI opener is 7 p.m. Host Penn Valley will face North Central in the 5 p.m. opener. The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2.