The Roadrunners shook off a slow start to emerge with a 97-89 overtime victory over the Three Rivers Community College Raiders from Poplar Bluff, Mo., to begin Region 16 play Jan. 11 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC (11-6, 1-0 in Region 16) trailed Three Rivers 45-37 at halftime. The Raiders pushed their advantage to 15 points later in the second half to 55-40, the biggest lead held by either team in the contest. The Roadrunners refused to go away on their home court and began chipping away at the Three Rivers advantage.
“Our guys made the plays down the stretch to help us get back into the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “Three Rivers helped us out by missing some free throws, and we were able to get two for one on several possessions. With about a minute and 30 seconds to go we were down seven points. Our guys could have given in, but they hung in there and kept making plays.”
The Roadrunners cut the deficit to two points in the final seconds the game. Freshman wing Kedar Edwards cut through the lane, caught a pass and laid it in with less than a second remaining in regulation to tie the score at 78. SFCC outscored Three Rivers 19-11 in the overtime period.
Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson led four Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 23 points and dished out a team-high eight assists. Sophomore guard Kevin Punter contributed 21 points, including four out of five from beyond the three-point arc. Edwards had a double double with 20 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Dondre Alexander added 16 points.
SFCC will host Moberly Area Community College at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in another big Region 16 contest at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC Athletics Department