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Archers Fall to Mineral Area at Home

February 07, 2013

Kuna Lahai-Pumagoi  
Kuna Lahai-Pumagoi drives past a Mineral Area College
defender in the Archers' 75-64 loss Feb. 6.

In what has become all too familiar an occurrence for the coaching staff, the St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team sputtered out of the gate against Mineral Area College on Wednesday and never recovered, losing 75-64 to the Cardinals.

The Archers dug themselves an early 30-14 deficit, and entered halftime down 42-26. Though STLCC outscored Mineral Area in the second half, the early struggles were too much to overcome.

“We dug ourselves a big hole, and we’ve been pretty famous for that this year, early in the game,” Archers head coach Randy Albrecht said.

Much of the Archers’ struggles came in their inability to create much of an inside offensive presence against the Cardinals. Mineral Area’s defense forced the Archers to attempt 23 shots from 3-point range. They connected on just three.

“We do not have this problem of getting the ball inside in practice, but we’ve had it a few times in games,” Albrecht said.

The Cardinals had no such trouble, asserting their will offensively in the paint and reaching the free-throw line 34 times. The Archers finished seven of 12 from the free-throw line.

Mineral Area was also productive from the perimeter, connecting on seven 3-point tries. The Cardinals drained four in a row early in the first half—including three by guard D’Angelo Tucker—to stretch their early lead.

Sophomore forward Cameron Hicks (Clayton) was a bright spot for STLCC, connecting on eight of his nine attempts from the field, including each of his last four.

Next week could prove pivotal for the Archers. They will need to rebound from Wednesday’s loss when they resume Region XVI against Wentworth Military Academy Feb. 13. They will follow that game with a rematch against North Central College Feb. 16. In the two teams’ last meeting, North Central rallied for a 64-61 win in Trenton, Mo. The Archers will look to reverse their fortunes on their home court next week.

“I think we have a pretty good handle on what needs to be done to get where we need to be,” Albrecht said. “The players have to step up and execute, and get the job done.”