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Archers Return Home, Fall to Rend Lake

January 29, 2015

Jake Hensel  
Jake Hensel scored 10 points for the Archers in their loss to
Rend Lake at home Jan. 28.

After dropping a pair of games on the road, the St. Louis Community College men’s basketball team returned home for the first of six consecutive games at the STLCC-Forest Park gymnasium. Rend Lake proved to be a rude guest, however, as they dominated at times in a 69-56 defeat of the Archers Wednesday (Jan. 28).

 

“We came out flat, and we came out cold,” head coach Randy Reed said. “In order to come back, you have to make shots, and we didn’t.”

 

The Archers saw just two players reach double figures in scoring, as sophomore forward Donald Stribbling led STLCC with 11 points, and guard Jake Hensel finished with 10. For the first time at home, sophomore shooting guard Sean Robinson was held scoreless for the entire second half.

 

The offensive woes were evident early, as STLCC was limited to just 26 first-half points. Despite a late rally that brought the Archers to within seven with just over two minutes left, Reed and company were unable to complete the comeback. The loss dropped the Archers to 9-12 overall, who have lost three of their last four contests.

 

Despite the recent struggles, Reed, ever the optimist, rejected any notion that Wednesday’s loss would have any lasting effects as the Archers look to build momentum entering the final weeks of the regular season.

 

“It’s just about confidence,” Reed said. “If we win Saturday and we win a game next week, this game won’t even be in our system. The next team sure isn’t going to play sorry for us. You have to keep your confidence.”

 

The Archers will get their next opportunity to restore that confidence Saturday (Jan. 31), when they face Wentworth Military Academy at 3 p.m. in a Region XVI game at Forest Park. They will enter Saturday’s game looking for their first win against a regional opponent.

 

Courtside

  • Prior to the Feb. 7 home game against North Central College, the Archers will honor the 25-year anniversary of the 1989-90 Meramec men’s basketball team, which finished the year as national runners-up.
  • STLCC has designated Feb. 21 as both the Cancer Awareness game and Sophomore Day during the men and women’s doubleheader against Region XVI foe Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley.