The Roadrunners gave the seventh-ranked Iowa Western Community College Reivers from Council Bluffs, Iowa, all they could handle Dec. 4 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. SFCC (10-4) dropped a hard-fought 74-70 decision.
SFCC jumped out to a 21-10 lead with 13 minutes remaining in the opening half. The Reivers came back to take a 40-32 lead into halftime.
“We did a great job rebounding the basketball for the first 10 minutes of the half,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We had some guys driving and getting good penetration on the offensive end; the offense was really clicking. When Kenny (Chery) and Ayo (Ojo) went out of the game because of foul trouble, our offense became stagnant.”
Iowa Western pushed its advantage to 59-46 in the second half; its 13-point lead was the largest held by either team in the contest. SFCC cut the lead to 63-59 with about six minutes remaining courtesy of a 5-0 run from freshman guard Kevin Punter. SFCC had several opportunities to take the lead down the stretch but Iowa Western made the plays to win the game.
Freshman guard Joe Thomasson and Punter tied for the team lead in scoring with 15 points each. Sophomore wing Jacob Williams added 13. Sophomore forward Ayo Ojo contributed 12 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Thomasson dished out a team-high five assists. Punter, Thomasson and Williams registered two steals each.
SFCC will close out the semester with a road trip to West Burlington, Iowa, to take on Southeastern Community College Dec. 8. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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