Another Roadrunner Upset Bid Falls Short
For the second time in as many games, the Roadrunners took a nationally ranked opponent down to the wire when they hosted the ninth-ranked Indian Hills Community College Warriors from Ottumwa, Iowa, Nov. 8 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC (0-3) dropped a 91-86 decision. The game was a back-and-forth contest that featured 12 ties and six lead changes. Indian Hills took the biggest lead of the game at 24-16 in the first half, and then took a two-point lead into halftime at 46-44.
Early in the second half, the Roadrunners tied the game at 48 courtesy of a fast-break layup by freshman wing Lucas Kidane. Later in the half, SFCC made four free throws off a personal foul and a technical foul on Indian Hills. Sophomore wing Antonin Galaya made the technical free throws. Freshman forward Ayo Ojo knocked down a pair of free throws from the personal foul to give SFCC a 58-54 lead with just over 15 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Warriors led 82-80 with just over two minutes remaining. The Roadrunners had one more comeback. SFCC’s Fred Wilson made one of two free throws to cut the deficit to four with under a minute left in the game. Freshman guard Kenny Chery picked up a steal off an Indian Hills rebound in the backcourt and laid it in to trim the margin to two points with 21.3 seconds on the clock. The Roadrunners got a steal off the ensuing inbound pass, but couldn’t get the shot to fall. The Warriors hung on for the 91-86 victory.
“Our players played hard tonight,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “They competed like champs; we just came up a little short. We’ll get there; we have a good ball club.”
Chery scored a game-high 31 points to lead SFCC in scoring and also dished out a team-high four assists. Wilson contributed 17 points. Sophomore Michael Bradley added 13 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
“Kenny (Chery) did some really good things,” said Thomas. “He scored it well. They couldn’t keep him out of the lane. He made some tough shots for us. We got good play out of a lot of guys. Mike (Bradley) gave us some good minutes and some defense inside. Fred (Wilson) played his heart out, made some plays and did a good job attacking the press.”
The Roadrunners travel to Coffeyville, Kan., Nov. 11 to play in the Coffeyville Classic. SFCC will take on Fort Scott Community College from Fort Scott, Kan., at 5 p.m. on Friday, and will play Coffeyville at 7 p.m. Saturday.
SFCC Athletics Department