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Archer Men Get Back on Track with Win over Wentworth

February 01, 2015

Joe Henderson  
Joe Henderson paced the Archers in their 75-71 win over
Wentworth Military Academy Jan. 31 with 14 points and
10 rebounds. 

Even after his team had lost its third game in its last four contests, Archers head men’s basketball coach Randy Reed never wavered in his optimism.

Though he had watched his team sputter multiple times in a season that has been anything but predictable, Reed emphasized following the team’s loss to Rend Lake last week that a single victory could turn the Archers’ fortunes dramatically.

That outlook was rewarded Saturday, as STLCC ended its two-game slide with a 75-51 win over Wentworth Military Academy. The win improved the Archers to 10-12 overall, but perhaps more importantly, built a bit of needed momentum entering the final weeks of the regular season.

“That’s huge, and this is a regional game,” Reed said. “You want to worry about Three Rivers and all those other (non-region) games, but you really can’t get caught up in that. I’m worried about Wentworth, North Central and Penn Valley. Those are the three teams that all my energy is focused on.”

The win was the first for STLCC against a regional opponent this year. The Archers lost a pair of road games, at North Central and Penn Valley, within the past two weeks.

For much of the game, it appeared that Wentworth would remain competitive throughout. However, after Wentworth narrowed the Archers’ lead to 45-41 in the second half, STLCC responded by going on a 19-2 run to seal the win.

The Archers took down Wentworth by using a varied offensive attack, with three different players finishing in double figures in scoring. In a departure from the norm of the past two weeks, the Archers relied heavily on production in the paint, and were rewarded for the approach. Freshman forward Joe Henderson registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. STLCC recorded just five of its 31 field goals from beyond the 3-point arc.

After stemming their mid-season slide, the Archers will look to maintain momentum this week, as they continue a string of six consecutive home games. Next up is Missouri State University-West Plains on Wednesday (Feb. 4). Game time is 7:30 p.m.