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Archers Show Life Late in Key Regional Win over North Central

February 08, 2015

Nate Rigmaiden  
Nate Rigmaiden muscles his way for two of his 11 points off the
bench in the Archers' 85-82 win over North Central Missouri
College Feb. 7.

With the 1988-89 Meramec national finalist team on hand—a team renowned for its ability to come back in games, St. Louis Community College put together its own come-from-behind effort in an 85-82 win over North Central College on Saturday.

The Archers, who fell in an early 20-9 hole, claimed a significant regional win by outscoring North Central 48-40 in the second half.

“I knew this was a good team that could go on some runs,” head coach Randy Reed said. “I just told the guys, don’t give in, don’t waver.”

The Archers didn’t waver despite that early deficit, and in a performance much more indicative of what Reed had expected entering this year, the Archers had four different players record double figures in scoring. Freshman forward Donald Stribbling and sophomore guard Sean Robinson led the way with 18 each. Sophomore forward Joe Henderson added 13 points and 12 rebounds while freshman guard Nate Rigmaiden contributed 11 points off the bench.

“We don’t have any superstars on this team,” Reed said. “What we do have are a lot of good, solid players. That’s our team.”

The Archers’ offensive consistency was displayed by converting 51 percent (33 of 65) of their shots from the field.

With the win, the Archers improved to 11-13 overall, including 2-2 against Region XVI opponents. After dropping their first two games within the region, the Archers, somewhat improbably, could contend for the top seed in the regional tournament. The late STLCC surge has been fueled in part by the team playing in a stretch of six consecutive home games. The Archers are 8-4 while playing on their home court, while posting a record of just 3-9 in all other games.

“With North Central and Penn Valley, this is going to be a knockdown, drag-out fight (for the region),” Reed said. “I’m used to that from high school (coaching), and I know how to plan for regionals and districts.”

Though it may have taken longer than the Archers’ head coach anticipated, with two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Reed formula has begun to take shape.


  • The Archers honored the 1988-89 Meramec NJCAA finalist team at halftime. The Warriors, led by former Archers coach Randy Albrecht, won 27 games and were the last STLCC basketball team to advance to a national title game.
  • STLCC will honor its sophomore basketball players prior to the Feb. 21 home finale against Penn Valley. In addition to Stribbling, Henderson and Robinson, fellow sophomores are Jake Hensel, Devon Booker and Gabriel Coach.