The Roadrunners traveled to Quincy, Ill., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to take part in the John Wood Classic. SFCC (10-3) picked up victories over John Wood Community College on Friday evening and Lincoln College on Saturday.
On Friday, sophomore guard Kenny Chery scored 17 of his team-high 24 points in the first half to help give his team a 40-31 lead going into halftime. John Wood refused to go away in the second half, taking a 65-64 lead with under six minutes remaining.
Freshman guard Joe Thomasson converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give his team a 67-65 advantage. Thomasson knocked down a big three-point basket to finish his personal 6-0 run and stretch the lead to five points. SFCC made the plays down the stretch to secure the 78-73 victory over the Trail Blazers.
“John Wood was a tough and physical team,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We were fortunate to be able to make plays down the stretch and win the game.”
Thomasson contributed 14 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Sophomore forward Ayo Ojo also pulled down eight rebounds. Sophomore wing Jacob Williams added 11 points and Chery dished out a team-high six assists. Ojo registered a team-high three blocked shots and freshman guard Ben Denbow led his team in steals with three.
SFCC defeated the Lincoln College Lynx from Lincoln, Ill., on Saturday 85-81. Williams gave SFCC its first lead in the contest when he converted a three-point play with just under five minutes to go in the first half. The Roadrunners led 48-43 at halftime.
The Roadrunners pushed their advantage to 12 points at 57-45. Lincoln stormed back to take a 58-57 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining. Chery converted a three-point play to tie the game at 65 with 10 minutes remaining. SFCC made several big plays down the stretch to secure the victory, including a tip-in from Williams to put SFCC up four points with about 20 seconds to go.
“Our guys found a way to win the game when they were not clicking on all cylinders,” said Thomas.
Chery led SFCC in scoring with 22 points and dished out a team-high six assists. Thomasson contributed 16 points. Williams added 13 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Chery also registered a team-high four steals and two blocked shots.
SFCC returns home Dec. 4 to take on the nationally ranked Iowa Western Community College Reivers at 7:30 p.m. in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department