Roadrunners Open Region Play With Victory
The Roadrunners defeated the Three Rivers Community College Raiders for the fourth time in five meetings at home Jan. 14. SFCC (11-7, 1-0 in Region XVI) made more free throws than the Raiders attempted en route to an 85-67 victory.
“I think our program is headed in the right direction,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We have to continue to get quality players who want to improve.”
Freshman guard Kenny Chery knocked down a big three-point shot to give SFCC a 6-1 lead with 18 minutes remaining in the first half. Three Rivers fought back to take an 11-9 lead with 13 minutes left in the half. Three Rivers took a seven-point lead at 30-23 with under seven minutes to go in the first half. SFCC fought back to tie the game at 38 at halftime, courtesy of a three-point play from freshman wing Lucas Kidane.
Three Rivers pushed the lead back to five with just under 18 minutes remaining in the game. Sophomore wing Antonin Galaya splashed a three three-point field goal to cut the deficit back to two points at 45-43, and a three-point play from freshman forward Ayo Ojo trimmed the deficit to one point. Galaya knocked another three-point basket to give SFCC a two-point lead at 49-47 with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
The Raiders fought back to take a 59-56 lead, but Galaya knocked down a three-point bomb to tie the game at 59 with 10 minutes remaining. The Raiders scored on an offensive rebound to take a two-point lead.
Ojo tied the game at 61 with a layup. Galaya scored a leaning jumper and was fouled, but made the free throw to give SFCC a three-point lead. Sophomore guard Alfonzo Houston continued the run by grabbing the defensive rebound and going the length of the floor to make the score 66-61 with eight minutes remaining.
The Raiders tied the game at 66. Then Chery hit a jump shot to give SFCC back the two-point advantage with just over six minutes remaining. SFCC made the plays in the final minutes to secure its first Region XVI win of the season.
Houston led the Roadrunners in double figures with 24 points. Galaya contributed 19 points, including three of seven from beyond the arc. Ojo added 13 points, a team-high eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the game. Sophomore guard Fred Wilson and Chery tied for the team lead in assists with four each. Houston led the team in steals with three.
“Ayo Ojo had a great game, maybe the best of his Roadrunner career,” said Thomas. “Fred Wilson played well tonight and distributed the ball. Antonin (Galaya) made some shots off the bench for us. Mike Bradley also played well.”
SFCC Athletics Department