Sophomore forward Ayo Ojo went on a 5-0 run to begin the game and stake his team to a lead they would never surrender in round two of the McDonald’s Classic Nov. 3 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. SFCC (2-0) defeated the Southeastern Illinois College Falcons from Harrisburg, Ill., 102-66.
SFCC stretched the advantage to 22-4 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half. The Roadrunners took a 60-32 advantage into halftime and cruised to victory in second half.
“Our defensive intensity and effort were really strong early in the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “When Kenny Chery got hurt, the wind came out of our sails a little bit. Southeastern Illinois played really well late in the half. We didn’t come out with much energy in the second half. I called a timeout. We came out and made a run to hold them off.”
Freshman guard Kevin Punter led the Roadrunners in scoring with 23 points and contributed five rebounds. Ojo contributed 15 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard Ben Denbow added 14 points and freshman guard Joe Thomasson pitched in with 13 points. Sophomore forward Charles Beard registered 11 points and tied for team lead with six rebounds. Freshman wing Dashawn Stitt also pulled down a team-high six rebounds in the game. Deron Hill dished out a team-high six assists.
SFCC will travel to Olney, Ill., to play in the Olney Central Classic Nov. 9-10. SFCC will take on the sixth-ranked Vincennes University Trailblazers on Friday and the host Olney Central College Blue Knights on Saturday.
SFCC Athletics Department