SFCC Roadrunners to take on Penn Valley Scouts
The State Fair Community College Roadrunners will open the second half of their season Jan. 5 when they take on the Penn Valley Community College Scouts in Kansas City. Head Coach Marcus Harvey leads the Scouts (6-7).
“Penn Valley will definitely be very up-tempo,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “They’ll try to press, and usually use a lot of man pressure. They will run kind of a diamond press. They really look to push the tempo and take quick shots.”
Penn Valley has four players averaging in double figures. Freshman forward Denezell Cook leads the team with 14.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Melvin Tillman adds 14.6 points per game.
Sophomore guard James Lee contributes 13.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Rashaad Lucas pitches in with 13.1 points per game and leads the team in assists with 2.8 per game.
SFCC (11-3) won both games against Penn Valley last year by a total of three points. SFCC beat Penn Valley 72-71 in Kansas City, and then survived a furious second-half rally to fend off the Scouts 100-98 in double overtime Feb. 24 at home. The Roadrunners saw a 12-point lead disappear in the second half that set up an opportunity for the fans to see some late-game heroics.
SFCC had two chances to win the game on the last possession of regulation, but they didn't convert, which set up the first overtime. The Roadrunners found themselves down by five in the first overtime, but freshman Dominique Newton hit a three-point shot to cut the deficit to two points. Trailing by two points with 2.2 seconds on the clock, SFCC ran an out-of-bounds play underneath the basket.
"We tried to run a play where we throw it into someone who would hand off to Justyn Watkins, who would either get fouled or score,” explained former Head Coach Dale Ribble. “They overplayed it and George (Williams) did a good job of reading that. He was able to slip to the basket, get the ball and score.”
Thomas sees three keys to victory for the Roadrunners: Force Penn Valley to play a half-court game; slow down the Scouts in transition; and use their size advantage on the offensive glass.
By David Rohrbach
SFCC Athletics Department