Roadrunners Win Two Games at Hutchinson Classic
The Roadrunners ran their current win streak to six games Dec. 2-3 when they traveled to Hutchinson, Kan., to take part in the Hutchinson Classic.
SFCC (8-6) knocked off the eighth-ranked Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons Friday night by a score of 80-75. The win over the Blue Dragons is the first in the history of the program. SFCC finished the weekend sweep with a victory over the Quakerdale Promise Academy Eagles 72-65.
A layup from sophomore wing Lucas Kidane gave the Roadrunners an 11-9 advantage early in the game. SFCC used a layup from freshman guard Kenny Chery to stretch the advantage to 22-16 and took a 41-33 lead into halftime.
“Our guys were focused,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Our energy level was good to start the game and we took some good shots.”
The Roadrunners continued to press the advantage to begin the second half. SFCC took a 61-48 lead, the biggest of the contest by either team. However, the Blue Dragons used their size advantage in the paint to cut the advantage to 63-55 with just under nine minutes remaining. Hutchinson cut the lead to one at 65-64 with about six minutes to go.
SFCC sophomore forward Michael Bradley extended the advantage to three with a pair of free throws. The Blue Dragons again cut the lead to one. Bradley answered with a dunk on the other end for SFCC. The Blue Dragons tied the game at 75.
SFCC took the ball out of bounds under the Blue Dragon’s basket. Chery took the inbounds pass, raced up the floor and found sophomore wing Antonin Galaya at the elbow for a three-point shot. Galaya buried the shot to give his team a three-point advantage at 78-75. The Blue Dragons dribbled the ball into the frontcourt and called timeout. They had one more opportunity with 4.2 seconds remaining. Sophomore Alfonzo Houston got a steal off of the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made both free throws to seal the win.
Chery led SFCC in scoring with 19 points. Bradley and Houston contributed 17 points apiece. Bradley also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Houston dished out a team-high six assists. Sophomore guard Fred Wilson contributed a team-high three steals.
“It’s always a good win when you beat a team like Hutchinson,” said Thomas. “They have a lot of tradition; great players and great coaches have come through that program. It’s a great win for our program and for our players who have worked extremely hard.”
The next afternoon SFCC took on the Quakerdale Promise Academy Eagles. Quakerdale took a 19-13 lead with eight minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the first half. The Eagles extended their lead to 30-14, the biggest lead by either team in the contest. SFCC freshman guard D'Angelo Tucker knocked down a three-point basket to make it 30-17 and began the comeback for SFCC. The Roadrunners cut the deficit to 33-28 at the half.
SFCC cut the advantage to 37-36 with 17 minutes remaining. The Roadrunners used a layup from Kidane to take a one-point lead at 38-37. The Eagles then grabbed a two-point lead with 14 minutes and 25 seconds remaining.
SFCC cut the deficit to one at 55-54, and the score was tied at 58 with just under six minutes to go. SFCC took a 60-58 lead with five minutes remaining and made the plays down the stretch to secure the win.
Chery led the team in scoring with 19 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Wilson added 12 points for SFCC and dished out a team-high three assists.
SFCC will travel to Fort Scott, Kan., Dec. 10 for a matchup with the Greyhounds to close out the first semester. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.
SFCC Athletics Department