Roadrunners Hang On, Defeat Penn Valley
The Roadrunners opened the second semester Jan. 7 in Kansas City when they took on the Penn Valley Community College Scouts. SFCC (10-6) emerged with an 87-82 victory, the eighth in a row for the Roadrunners.
Sophomore guard Alfonzo Houston splashed home a three-point bomb to put the Roadrunners ahead 7-5 at about the 17-minute mark of the first half. Penn Valley tied the game at 17. SFCC led 36-30 at halftime.
The Roadrunners stretched the lead to 16 at 76-60 in the second half, the biggest lead for either team in the game. Penn Valley cut the lead to two points with 51 seconds remaining in the contest. However, SFCC made the plays in the final seconds to preserve the victory.
“We played well offensively,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We got some defensive stops and transition baskets in the second half to build a 16-point lead, but then we backed off. Fortunately, we were able to hang on to get the win at the end.”
Houston led the Roadrunners with 23 points and five assists in the game. Freshman guard Kenny Chery contributed 23 points and a team-high three steals. Sophomore guard Fred Wilson added 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Michael Bradley pitched in with 12 points in the contest.
“The guard play was really strong,” said Thomas. “Kenny (Chery) was aggressive in attacking the pressure. Alfonzo (Houston) made some good shots for us. Fred (Wilson) also did a good job attacking off the bounce, stepping up and making his free throws. Mike (Bradley) also played well.”
SFCC will return home Jan.10 to take on Iowa Western Community College at 7 p.m. in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department