The Roadrunners participated in the Moberly Classic Nov. 23-24. SFCC (7-3) dropped a hard-fought 82-79 decision to the third-ranked Howard College Hawks from Big Spring, Tex., Friday afternoon, but bounced back Saturday with a 142-38 victory over the College of Faith Mighty Believers from West Memphis, Ark.
Sophomore forward Ayo Ojo gave his team a 17-16 lead over Howard early in the contest. Sophomore wing Jacob Williams extended the advantage to 21-16. SFCC pushed the advantage to 33-24. The nine-point advantage was the biggest lead held by either team in the contest.
“We did a good job of attacking offensively and having guys ready to make shots,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Howard is hard to guard. Overall, I was pleased with our effort. We just came up a couple of plays short down the stretch.”
The Hawks made a run late in the half to cut the SFCC halftime advantage to one point at 38-37. The second half saw Howard take a 66-61 lead. SFCC refused to quit, cutting the deficit to two points at 73-71 with just under four minutes remaining.
Howard pushed the lead back to 75-72 with about two minutes remaining. Sophomore guard Kenny Chery drained a huge three-point shot to pull the Roadrunners to within one point with 31 seconds remaining. However, Howard made the plays in the final seconds to secure the win.
“We have a good team,” said Thomas. “We just have to keep getting better. We were really close to beating a very good team.”
Chery led the Roadrunners with 22 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the game. He also registered a team-high three steals. Freshman guard Kevin Punter contributed 21 points. Freshman guard Joe Thomasson added 11 points and dished out a team-high four assists.
SFCC jumped out to a 10-2 lead on Saturday against the College of Faith Mighty Believers and never looked back. SFCC took a 72-25 lead into halftime and cruised to the victory.
“Everyone who played in that game played well,” said Thomas. “I think in a game like that you just tell guys to share the basketball and try not to get hurt. Luckily, we got out of there with a win and everyone stayed healthy.”
Freshman guard Marcus Mondaine registered a double double with 28 points and 13 rebounds, leading SFCC in both categories. Williams pitched in with 27 points. Ojo contributed 26 points. Freshman wing Dashawn Stitt added 22 points. Freshman guard Ben Denbow had 19 points on the afternoon. Punter tossed in 17 points. Thomasson dished out a team-high 17 assists and tied for the team lead in steals with four. Punter and Mondaine also recorded four steals.
SFCC Athletics Department