Roadrunners head for West Plains Classic
The State Fair Community College Roadrunners will take on Carl Albert State College from Poteau, Okla., Friday night and Mid-South Community College from West Memphis, Ark., Saturday night in the Jan. 7-8 West Plains Classic.
Head Coach Mike St. John leads the Carl Albert Vikings. Sophomore guard Troynell Adams and freshman Cortney Pitts lead the Vikings in scoring with 17.2 and 11 points respectively. Adams also leads the team in rebounds with seven per game. Freshman guard Eric Dunlap leads the team in assists, dishing out just over three per game.
“I expect Carl Albert’s style to be something similar to that of Southeastern Illinois,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Our big players will have to match up with smaller players. I think they're going to try and get the game going pretty fast. We’ve got to do a good job of playing our game and not getting into the up-and-down, run-and-gun play like we did at Forest Park.”
The Vikings will come to Friday night’s matchup with just eight players on the roster. The Roadrunners will try to take advantage with their deeper bench.
“We need to make them work to get the ball up the floor,” said Thomas. “Hopefully, in the second half, our depth will become a factor in the game.”
Thomas sees three keys to the game for SFCC: Good effort, rebounding well on both ends of the floor to take advantage of their size, and keeping the Viking guards out of the paint.
The Mid-South Community College Greyhounds are a member of NJCAA Division III. Head coach is Andy Stoglin and assistants are Russell Jones and Chris Hardaway.
The Greyhounds will present a different challenge for the Roadrunners. The only chance SFCC coaches will have to scout the Greyhounds is in their game against West Plains Friday night. However, the formula will remain the same for the Roadrunners.
“The key to the game will be playing with a lot of energy and intensity,” said Thomas. “Our guys are going to have to do a good job of paying attention to the scouting report on Saturday morning, really get after them and play our style.”
SFCC Athletics Department