The Roadrunners’ (10-5) second-half comeback fell short Dec. 8 when they dropped a 74-71 decision against the Southeastern Community College Blackhawks in West Burlington, Iowa, to close out their first semester schedule.
The Blackhawks took a 39-26 lead late in the first half. The 13-point advantage was the largest lead held by either team in the contest. SFCC trimmed the Blackhawks’ advantage to 44-34 at halftime and outscored Southeastern 37-30 the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
“We were very sluggish to start the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We were playing from behind the entire first half. We played a lot harder in the second half, got the score tied and were close to overtaking them, but we just came up a little short.”
Sophomore guard Kenny Chery led the Roadrunners in scoring with 18 points. Freshman wing Dashawn Stitt contributed 14 points and freshman guard Joe Thomasson added 12 points and a team-high eight assists. Sophomore forward Ayo Ojo pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and also led the team with three blocked shots. Freshman guards Kevin Punter and Ben Denbow each registered a team-high three steals.
Thomas says he is happy with his team’s performance in the first semester, but sees room for improvement in order for it the team to reach its goals.
”We competed well against good teams,” said Thomas. “We have to get better at rebounding the basketball; it’s something we struggled with all semester.”
SFCC will return to action Jan. 3 against John Wood Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department