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Archers Fall to 7-8 after Loss to Lincoln Land

January 12, 2015

Donald Stribbling  
Donald Stribbling scored 13 points for the Archers in their 70-57
loss to Lincoln Land Community College Jan. 12.

For a few fleeting moments at the conclusion of the first half of Monday’s contest against Lincoln Land, the Archers appeared poised for what could have been the team’s signature win of the 2014-15 season.

Playing the Loggers for the second time this year, the Archers carried just a two-point deficit into the half, despite an inconsistent performance offensively.

The Archers never rebounded, however, as the Loggers outscored STLCC 39-28 in the second half to pull away for a 70-57 victory, their 11th of the year.

The Archers (7-8) found little success in the paint, as the post men scored only 15 points, and the team drew only 14 attempts from the free-throw line, connecting six times.

Sean Robinson and Donald Stribbling were each held to 13 points, two days after the duo combined for 42 points against State Fair Community College.

“We struggled offensively, and we just didn’t play well as a team,” head coach Randy Reed said. “We weren’t attacking the basket. We’re not initiating contact, and we weren’t putting pressure on the defense. It was just all-around a bad game for our team.”

While disappointed with an uneven performance just two days after what was a starkly different display in a 106-61 win over State Fair, Reed remained resolute in his faith in the Archers as they approach one of the more challenging portions of their schedule. STLCC returns to the court tonight (Jan. 13), when the team travels to perennial power Three Rivers Community College.

While a win Monday would have built momentum entering the season’s second half, Reed certainly isn’t alarmed with his team moving forward.

“(A win) would have been tremendous, but we have a long way to go,” Reed said. “We’re not done yet. It’s a long season. If it were February, I’d be worried, but we have some good games coming up. Right now we just want to improve and get better, and hopefully we can peak at the right time.”