The Roadrunners found themselves in a 23-14 hole early in the game against the John Wood Community College Trailblazers from Quincy, Ill., Jan. 3 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. The nine-point deficit was the largest for either team in the contest.
“We were giving up too many backdoor cuts,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We weren’t really focused. We allowed their best shooter (Brad Hamilton) to score. He made three or four three-point shots in the first five minutes and we were nowhere near him.”
SFCC (11-5) cut the deficit to 40-38 at halftime. Sophomore guard Kenny Chery scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the first half to keep his team in the game. The Roadrunners outscored John Wood 47-39 in the second half to emerge with the 85-79 victory.
Chery also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds and dished out a team-leading six assists while playing all 40 minutes. Freshman guard Kevin Punter contributed 25 points.
“Kevin and Kenny definitely had to pick up the slack and they did,” said Thomas. “They combined for over 50 points in the game and that definitely helped us tonight.”
Freshman guard Deron Hill added 10 points, and freshman wing Dashawn Stitt recorded a team-high four blocked shots and led the team in steals with three.
The win over John Wood is a milestone victory for Thomas. It is the 50th victory in his career as a college head coach. His career record now stands at 50-27.
SFCC Athletics Department