Roadrunners Snap Seven-Game Losing Streak
The Roadrunners (13-14, 3-5 in Region XVI) put the finishing touches on a homecoming doubleheader sweep Feb. 25, defeating the Mineral Area College Cardinals from Park Hills 72-67.
The victory locked SFCC into the number four seed for the upcoming Region XVI tournament. SFCC will host the number five seed Mineral Area in the first round March 6.
The Roadrunners found themselves in a battle early in the contest. A jump shot from freshman wing Lucas Kidane tied the game at 11 with 13 minutes remaining until halftime. SFCC took a 32-28 lead into halftime.
A steal and layup from freshman guard Kenny Chery pushed SFCC’s advantage to eight at 40-32, and their lead grew to 45-32, the largest by either team in the contest with just under 14 minutes remaining in the game.
The Cardinals came back to tie the game at 45 with 11 minutes remaining. Mineral Area took a two-point lead at 47-45. SFCC’s Chery answered with a layup to tie the game at 47. Sophomore guard Alfonzo Houston made a pair of free throws to give SFCC the lead at 49-47.
Mineral Area knocked down a three-point shot to grab a one-point advantage. Freshman forward Charles Beard responded with a tip in to put SFCC back in front by one point. Houston knocked down a big three-point shot to boost SFCC’s lead to 54-50 with less than seven minutes remaining.
The Cardinals tied the game at 54. Chery knocked down a huge three-point basket to put SFCC back in front at 57-54, then Mineral Area took a 62-59 lead with just under four minutes remaining.
SFCC sophomore wing Antonin Galaya splashed home a three-point basket to tie the game at 62. Houston knocked down two more free throws to give SFCC a 64-62 lead. The Cardinals answered with a three-point shot to take a one-point lead. Chery’s jump shot put SFCC back in front. Freshman forward Ayo Ojo knocked down a pair of free throws to extend SFCC’s advantage to 68-65. The SFCC defense got a big stop on the next Mineral Area possession and the Roadrunners made enough free throws to put the game away.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of wins, but we definitely needed that one,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Our players kept fighting and made plays down the stretch.”
Chery led the team in scoring with 23 points. Houston added 21 points and a team-high six assists. Ojo pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and a team-high four blocked shots Chery had a team-high two steals.
SFCC Athletics Department