The Roadrunners used a strong defensive effort to secure an 88-72 win over the Three Rivers Community College Raiders from Poplar Bluff Jan. 11 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. SFCC (14-5, 1-0 in Region, 2-0 in MCCAC) broke open a game that was tied at 30 at halftime, outscoring Three Rivers 58-42 in the second half.
“When guys get out and play defense like that, it starts with Joe (Thomasson) and Kenny (Chery) putting pressure on the ball,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “They did that really well tonight. There were times we played like a championship-level team tonight. If we can build on that and have longer sustained periods of playing like that, I’ll take our chances against anybody in the country. Late in the second half, we had guys step up and knock down some shots and give us a lead. We were able to make free throws to sustain it at the end of the game.”
Thomasson led four Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 20 points. He also pulled down a team-high six rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists. Chery contributed 17 points and tied with Thomasson for the team lead in steals with three. Dashawn Stitt added 13 points, including four of six from beyond the three-point arc. Ayo Ojo pitched in with 10.
The Roadrunners will travel to Moberly Jan. 16 for another Region XVI contest against the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
SFCC Athletics Department