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Archers Cruise in Home Opener

November 07, 2014

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Gabe Coach

At the outset of his second year as the men’s basketball coach at St. Louis Community College, Randy Reed felt assured the balance of offense would be considerably different than his first season. 

 

No longer reliant on a pair of prolific scorers, all 14 players on the roster contributed points in a 126-62 drubbing of Missouri Baptist University’s junior varsity in their home opener Nov. 6.

 

In a performance that Reed hoped would be the hallmark of his 2014-15 team, the Archers raced to an early 20-4 advantage and only added to it in the second half, as the STLCC bench proved to possess as potent a scoring punch as the starting five.

 

The win was the first of the season for the Archers, who dropped a pair of games in Sedalia, Mo., last weekend.

 

The Archers (1-2) were led in scoring by sophomore forwards Gabe Coach, who scored 13 points in his second game with STLCC, and Donald Stribbling, who has scored in double figures in two of the Archers’ first three games.

 

“That’s good balance,” Reed said of the Archers’ offensive attack against Missouri Baptist. “We have a lot of things that we’ve been working on. In our first two games, we played well in spots, but we’re still not quite there yet. The chemistry with a new team, it’s not as good as I’d like us to be right now. We’re a work in progress right now, but once we get it going, I think this can be as good as last year, if not better.”

 

The Archers will now begin a prolonged stint on the road, as the team will play its next four games away from the STLCC-Forest Park campus. The Archers will return home on Nov. 21, when they take on Mid-South Community College.