The Roadrunners won just one of their three games Nov. 8-9 at the Laker Classic in Mattoon, Ill.
SFCC (3-2) took on the Kankakee Community College Cavaliers from Kankakee, Ill., Nov. 8 in the first game of the classic.
The Roadrunners trailed by two points at halftime. Kankakee stretched the advantage to 12 points at 90-78 with about three minutes left in the game.
“Our intensity stepped up a bit and we were able to get some turnovers,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We made some open three-point shots that got us back into the game.”
The Roadrunners outscored Kankakee 18-14 in the overtime period to secure a 113-109 victory. There were 12 lead changes and 17 ties in the back-and-forth contest.
Freshman wing Kedar Edwards led SFCC in scoring with 33 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson contributed 31 points and eight rebounds and dished out a team-high seven assists. Sophomore guard Kevin Punter added 16 points and freshman wing Jerrard Davis came off the bench to add 10 points.
SFCC took on the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Surge from Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov .9. The Surge were ranked 20th in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II preseason poll.
Cincinnati State jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. The Surge led 41-36 at halftime and went on to claim a 79-57 victory.
“Cincinnati State did a good job,” said Thomas. “They played hard; they mixed up defenses on us and we didn’t handle it well.”
Freshman guard Dondre Alexander led SFCC in scoring with 13 points. Thomasson contributed 11 points, a team-high four assists and a team-high eight rebounds. Punter added 11 points and two blocked shots.
The Roadrunners closed out their portion of the classic by taking on the Highland Community College Cougars from Freeport, Ill. SFCC led 38-36 at halftime.
“We got a couple defensive stops at the end of the half,” said Thomas. “We got them to turn the ball over little bit and that got us the lead going into halftime.”
The Cougars used their size advantage to emerge with an 81-74 victory. Thomasson led the Roadrunners in scoring with 25 points, including 10 of 10 from the free-throw line. Punter added 22 points. Edwards pitched in with 11. Sophomore guard DeRon Hill added 10 points.
The Roadrunners will return to action Nov. 15 when they host McCook Community College from McCook, Neb., as part of the Stone Laser Imaging Classic in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center. SFCC will take on the Highland Community College Scotties from Highland, Kan., on Nov. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. both nights.
SFCC Athletics Department