The Roadrunners held onto a 48-42 halftime lead Jan. 26 against the 23rd-ranked Mineral Area College Cardinals from Park Hills. SFCC (16-6, 3-1 in Region XVI, 3-0 in the MCCAC) made the six-point advantage stand up, emerging with a big 96-90 home victory.
“We were able to make a run when Jay Raulston got into foul trouble and built a little bit of a lead in the first half,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We extended the lead to 16 at one point in the second half. Guys were making shots, attacking their pressure and doing a good job getting easy baskets on the other end.”
Sophomore guard Kenny Chery led three Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 28 points. He also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists. Freshman guard Kevin Punter contributed 18 points and four assists. Freshman guard Joe Thomasson pitched in with 14 points and led the team in steals with three. Freshman guard Deron Hill pulled down seven rebounds.
“Kenny (Chery) was sensational again,” said Thomas. “Joe (Thomasson) had a great game as well. Kevin Punter had a good game; he was very efficient. Charles Beard and Deron Hill played well. It was a total team victory.”
This win puts SFCC in a three-way tie with Mineral Area and Moberly for first place in Region XVI. The Roadrunners will host Moberly Feb. 16. SFCC will travel to Park Hills Feb.23 to close out the Region XVI portion of their schedule.
SFCC will host the Central Methodist University Junior Varsity Jan. 29. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department