The Roadrunners made history Feb. 2 when they defeated the Three Rivers Community College Raiders 79-76 in Poplar Bluff. SFCC’s (18-6, 4-1 in Region XVI, 4-0 in MCCAC) win at Three Rivers was the first in the history of the Roadrunner basketball program.
“It was a very physical game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Three Rivers did some good things, especially in the first half. We were able to keep the game close. In the second half, Three Rivers was able to extend its lead to 13 points. Our guys did a great job of getting back into the game. Several guys stepped up and made plays down the stretch.”
Sophomore guard Kenny Chery led three Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 23 points. He tied for the team lead, dishing out four assists. Freshman guard Kevin Punter contributed 21 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Sophomore wing Jacob Williams also pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman guard Joe Thomasson added 13 points and tied for the team lead in assists with four. Thomasson knocked down two big free throws to seal the victory with about seven seconds remaining.
“Kevin (Punter) played a great game,” said Thomas. “Kenny (Chery) did some good things, especially down the stretch, and Joe (Thomasson) also played well. Ben (Denbow) made some shots for us. We had a lot of good play from a lot of different people.”
SFCC will travel to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Feb. 9 to take on the Scouts. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
SFCC Athletics Department