Roadrunners Defeat Penn Valley on Sophomore Night
The Roadrunners (14-14) hosted the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Scouts from Kansas City Feb. 27 and emerged with a 97-81 victory.
SFCC sophomore forward Ayo Ojo opened the scoring with an offensive rebound and put back to make the score 2-0 with less than a minute gone in the first half. Ojo converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put his team up 8-0.
“We were pretty dominant the first five or six minutes of the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We were up 20-5 and our energy level was good. We were able to get stops on defense. Our players did a great job sharing the basketball.”
The Scouts trimmed the lead to 22-18 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Penn Valley tied the game at 22, and then sophomore guard Alfonzo Houston made one of two free throws to put SFCC back in front. SFCC closed the half on a run to take a 43-34 lead.
Sophomore wing Antonin Galaya scored a layup off a pass from sophomore guard Fred Wilson to extend SFCC’s advantage. Houston knocked down a free throw line jumper to make the score 54-46 with about 15 minutes remaining.
Penn Valley trimmed SFCC’s lead to 57-53 with just less than 13 minutes to go. Wilson found Galaya for another layup to boost SFCC’s lead back to six points. SFCC extended its advantage to 18 points at 97-79, the biggest lead by either team in the contest. The Roadrunners made the plays down the stretch to seal the victory.
Galaya led SFCC in scoring with 25 points. Houston contributed 23 points. Wilson just missed a triple double with 16 points, a team-high 11 rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Wilson also registered a team-high two steals in the contest. Freshman forward Charles Beard pitched in with 12 points.
SFCC will open the Region XVI tournament at 7 p.m. March 6 against Mineral Area College in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department