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Roadrunners Split at John A. Logan Shootout
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Roadrunners closed out the first semester by participating in the John A. Logan Shootout Dec. 14-15 in Carterville, Ill. SFCC (10-5) defeated the Southeastern Illinois College Falcons from Harrisburg, Ill., 97-86 on Saturday and lost to the John A. Logan Volunteers 84-81 on Sunday.
 
In its first game, SFCC led 34-29 with more than nine minutes remaining in the first half. Southeastern Illinois fought back to trim the advantage to two points at halftime at 47-45.
 
“Southeastern Illinois made a lot of three-point shots,” said Roadrunners Assistant Coach Josh Sash. “Our effort level wasn’t great to start the game, but once we tightened up defensively they started missing some shots and we were able to get out in transition, which really helped us.”
 
The Roadrunners outscored Southeastern Illinois 50-41 the second half and made the plays down the stretch to emerge with the 97-86 win. Six Roadrunners scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson led SFCC in scoring with 23 points, dished out a team-high five assists and recorded three steals. Freshman wing Kedar Edwards contributed 20 points. He also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds, just missing a double double. Sophomore guard Kevin Punter and freshman center Jean-Louis Wanya each added 12 points. Freshman guard Dondre Alexander pitched in with 11 points. Sophomore forward Marcus Mondaine recorded 10 points.
 
SFCC played the host John A. Logan College Volunteers on Sunday. The Roadrunners trailed 15-8 with about 14 minutes remaining in the first half. Alexander knocked down one of his four three-point baskets to cut the deficit to 24-20. SFCC trailed 39-37 at halftime.
 
SFCC battled back to take a five-point lead courtesy of another Alexander three-point basket with just over two minutes remaining. The Volunteers made the plays down the stretch to emerge with the 84-81 victory.
 
Sophomore guard DeRon Hill led SFCC in scoring with 21 points. Alexander contributed 17. Thomasson added 15. Wanya pitched in with 10. Edwards pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds. Edwards and Hill tied for the team lead in assists with three.
 
“We definitely have the talent we need to compete,” said Sash. “Some games this semester showed the kind of team we could be. Hopefully, when the guys come back after break, they will be ready to work and try to win a region title.”          
 
David Rohrbach
SFCC Athletics Department
NJCAA

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