The Roadrunners came up even at the Moberly Classic Nov. 29-30, losing to the Lake Land College Lakers from Mattoon, Ill., in the opening round and defeating the Highland Community College Cougars from Freeport, Ill., in the final round.
SFCC took on Lake Land College at 3 p.m. Friday. Freshman center Jean-Louis Wanya gave the Roadrunners an early 5-0 lead with a slam dunk. SFCC (9-3) stretched the advantage to 11-5 with less than 15 minutes to go in the first half.
“We rebounded the ball well,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We did a good job of boxing out in the first five minutes of the game. We were unselfish.”
Lake Land took a 20-15 lead with under 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The game featured 11 lead changes and nine ties. SFCC took a 40-37 lead into halftime.
SFCC extended its lead to 50-41 in the second half. The nine-point advantage was the largest for either team in the game. SFCC trailed by three points with about 15 seconds remaining in regulation when freshman wing Kedar Edwards knocked down a three-point shot to force overtime with the score tied it at 89.
Edwards hit another three-point shot in overtime to give his team a five-point lead. Lake Land answered the challenge, going on a run to tie the game at 95 to force double overtime.
The Lakers made the plays in the second overtime to emerge with a hard-fought 113-108 victory. Four Roadrunners scored double figures in the contest. Sophomore guard Kevin Punter scored 23 points, shooting 15 of 16 from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson contributed 21 points and dished out a team-high five assists. Edwards registered a double double with 19 points and a team-high 17 rebounds. Sophomore forward Marcus Mondaine pulled down 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Deron Hill pitched in with 15 points. Sophomore center Isaac Freeman added 10 points and a team-high four blocked shots.
“We just weren’t able to get the defensive stops we needed to win,” said Thomas. “That was the difference in the ballgame.”
The Roadrunners took on the Highland Community College Cougars from Freeport, Ill. in the final round of the classic on Saturday. SFCC jumped out to a 17-2 advantage and never looked back, cruising to a 92-75 victory.
“Our guys were dialed in and ready to play,” said Thomas. “Isaac Freeman gave us some good minutes, especially early in the game. He did a good job of finishing, as well as rebounding and blocking shots. Our guys did a good job of finding him. Joe Thomasson had 11 assists on the day, which is great when you can get that kind of assist contribution from one guy. He also had eight rebounds. Kevin Punter ended up with 20 points and Kedar Edwards had 14 points in 18 minutes.”
Freeman contributed 11 points, a team-high seven rebounds and a team-high four blocked shots. Hill added 15 points and a team-high four steals.
SFCC Athletics Department