The Roadrunners got their first opportunity to scrimmage Oct. 6 at the UCM Jamboree in Warrensburg. The format for the scrimmages was two 20-minute running halves.
SFCC took on Southwestern Illinois College from Belleville, Ill., in the first scrimmage. The Roadrunners led 21-20 at halftime, and outscored Southwestern Illinois 27-15 in the second half to secure a 48-35 win.
“Southwestern Illinois played a lot of different defenses,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Our players handled their pressure well. In the first half, we weren’t in the right spot on offense and that forced a lot of quick shots. In the second half we were more patient on offense and got better shots. We also rebounded the ball better in the second half.”
Sophomore guard Kevin Punter led SFCC in scoring with 11 points and contributed a team-high two steals. Sophomore center Isaac Freeman pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and freshman guard Jalen Williams dished out a team-high three assists.
The Roadrunners took on Fort Scott Community College from Fort Scott, Kan., in the second scrimmage. SFCC led 28-24 at the half and stretched its advantage in the second half to get a 52-36 win.
“Our energy wasn’t very high to start the game,” said Thomas. “We didn’t shoot the ball well. We were able to win because we got so many offensive rebounds; we finished the game with 22 offensive rebounds.”
Freshman wing Kedar Edwards led the Roadrunners in scoring with 14 points. He also tied with Freeman for the team lead in rebounds with five. Punter contributed 11 points. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson dished out a team-high three assists. Williams and freshman Jerrard Davis tied for the team lead in steals with two.
The Roadrunners took on Wentworth Military Academy from Lexington in their final scrimmage. SFCC led 31-20 at halftime and picked up a 63-39 victory.
Thomasson led SFCC in scoring with 12 points. Williams, freshman guard Dondre Alexander and Davis contributed nine points each. Alexander also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Thomasson dished out a team-leading four assists and Freeman registered three blocked shots.
SFCC will return to action Oct. 16 when the Roadrunners travel to Fort Leonard Wood to take on Columbia College in a 6 p.m. scrimmage in front of military personnel and their families. Earlier in the day, the Roadrunners and Columbia College will sponsor a joint basketball camp where kids can learn basketball fundamentals taught by student athletes and coaching staffs from both teams.
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