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Roadrunners Defeat Moberly
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Roadrunners Defeat Moberly
 
The Roadrunners picked up a big Region XVI home win Jan. 18. SFCC (12-7, 2-0 in Region XVI) defeated the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds 72-64.
 
The Roadrunners found themselves in a hole early as Moberly jumped out to a 14-7 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. Freshman forward Ayo Ojo scored to make the deficit five, then tied the score at 17 with a layup.
 
Moberly went on an 8-0 run to make the score 25-17 with under six minutes remaining in the half. SFCC went on a big run of its own to close the half. Freshman guard Kenny Chery ignited the run by splashing home a three-point shot to cut the deficit to five. The Roadrunners took the lead when Ojo executed a spin move in the lane to put his team up by one point. Chery knocked down a three-point shot to close the half off of an inbounds play. SFCC carried that momentum to a 32-27 halftime advantage.
 
“We were able to get some good ball movement and score,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Moberly defended us really well, especially early on. As the game went on we did a much better job of getting some penetration. We got the ball moving and attacked them on their closeouts.”
 
Sophomore wing Antonin Galaya splashed in one of his four three-point shots to open the second half for the Roadrunners. SFCC took a 52-35 lead, the biggest by either team in the game.
 
The Greyhounds cut the lead to two late in the game. SFCC made the plays it needed to seal the victory.
 
Galaya led three Roadrunners in double figures with 17 points. Chery contributed 16 points and a team-high six assists in the game. Sophomore guard Fred Wilson added 15 points. Freshman wing Lucas Kidane pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the game and also knocked down two big three-point shots in the contest.
 
SFCC will return to action Jan.25 when Missouri State University-West Plains comes to town for another big Region XVI contest. Tipoff from the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center is scheduled for 8 p.m.
 
David Rohrbach
SFCC Athletics Department
NJCAA

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