Roadrunners Fall at Three Rivers in Double Overtime
The Roadrunners dropped a 106-104 decision in double overtime to the Three Rivers Community College Raiders Feb. 5 in Poplar Bluff.
SFCC (18-5, 3-2 in Region XVI) fell behind early in the first half.
“Three Rivers scored 21 points in the first four minutes of the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “That tells you how much defense we were playing.”
SFCC Sophomore guard Jerel Partlow knocked down a three-point shot to cut the deficit to five with about eight minutes to go in the first half. Three Rivers took a 45-37 lead into halftime.
“We finally decided to guard,” said Thomas. “We got some stops and played better offensively.”
Three Rivers extended its advantage to 72-57 with nine minutes and 19 seconds remaining in the game. SFCC sophomore guard Dominique Newton trimmed the lead to five at 86-81 after knocking down a three-pointer with under a minute remaining. A Partlow lay-up set up more heroics from Newton, who took a pass and drilled a jumper to tie the score at 88 to start the first overtime period.
“We played hard, but our execution was poor, especially in the second overtime,” said Thomas. On the last play we ran one of our simplest out-of-bounds plays. I wanted a guy to slip a screen and we couldn’t get it done. He ended up having to take a bad shot and missed it.”
Newton led the Roadrunners with 23 points. Sophomore guard Torres Roundtree registered a double double with 19 points and a team-leading 12 rebounds. Partlow added 17 points. Sophomore center Matt Webb pitched in with 15 points and freshman guard Alfonzo Houston had 14 points. Sophomore forward Filip Toric added 11 rebounds.
The Roadrunners will return to home action at 7:30 p.m. Feb.9 against North Arkansas College as part of SFCC’s annual Pink Zone activities.
SFCC Athletics Department