Date: Friday, March 5, 2010 (Away)
Opponent: Region 16 Play-Offs semi finals
L 90-84 |
State Fair Community College Roadrunners saw their season come to an end on March 5 in the Region 16 Semi-Final in Hillsboro, Missouri. The Roadrunners dropped a heartbreaking 90-84 decision in double overtime to Three Rivers Community College.
"I thought both teams played extremely hard,” said Head Coach Dale Ribble. “I was really proud of the way our guys competed. Anytime we lose a close game, we go back and look at different possessions to determine if we had done something different how it might have changed the outcome of the game. We were disappointed in the result, but I was very pleased with the way our guys played."
State Fair found themselves battling from behind late in regulation, but they showed toughness to fight back and tie the game at 68 at the end of regulation, courtesy of a three-point shot by freshman Dominique Newton.
State Fair grabbed the lead in the first overtime when Dominic Williams drove to the paint and found freshman Matthew Webb, who scored and was fouled. Webb went to the line and made the free throw to give State Fair a three-point lead.
Three Rivers guard Marquise Carter knocked out a big three-point shot to tie the game after State Fair had played good defense for the entire possession. The Roadrunners had another opportunity to win in the first overtime when sophomore Clifton Fleming had a jump shot rattle out as the clock expired.
The Roadrunners (20-10) was led in scoring by sophomore Justyn Watkins, who finished his State Fair career with 31 points and five rebounds. Newton added 13 points. Webb grabbed a team-leading 14 rebounds. Sophomore Dominic Williams dished out a team-leading seven assists in the game.
"Justyn Watkins had a great year,” said Ribble. “He was an All-Region performer who averaged over 14 points a game for us. He makes some plays that most guys can't make . . . I thought Dominic Williams had a really solid year for us . . . The one thing I would say about Dominic whether it was in preseason, or practice, or games, his teams always won. He's a winner. Cliff Fleming had a good year. . . In the first round of region play he played well and was also named to the All Region 16 First Team. All three of these guys had a good two years here. George Williams had a solid year. Brandon Scaife was a very good contributor for us. Unfortunately Tim Kiewel wasn't able to play much because of injury. Wes Fritz didn't play a whole lot, but he was a great teammate and a great person to have on the team.”
By David Rohrbach