The Roadrunners held on to first place in Region 16 after defeating the Mineral Area College Cardinals 75-72 in the final seconds Jan. 25 in Park Hills, Mo.
SFCC (15-6, 4-0 in Region 16) trailed 9-3 with about 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Mineral Area took a 37-29 lead into halftime. SFCC made a run to take a 52-51 lead with about 10 minutes remaining, courtesy of a dunk from sophomore guard Kevin Punter.
The Cardinals trimmed SFCC’s advantage to 68-67 with about a minute remaining. Freshman wing Kedar Edwards knocked down a huge three-point shot to put the Roadrunners’ advantage back to four points at 71-67.
“Mineral Area was sitting back in their zone defense,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “We did a good job moving the ball. We drove the ball baseline and skipped it to Kedar. He jumped up and knocked the shot down.”
Mineral Area was called for an offensive foul on the ensuing possession. The Roadrunners made their free throws in the final seconds to seal the 75-72 win.
“It’s huge,” said Thomas. “It helped push us toward our ultimate goal. Any road win is a good one, especially in region play.”
Punter led three Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 22 points and a team-high two steals. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson contributed 21 points and dished out a team-high six assists. Edwards added 13 points. Freshman center Jean-Louis Wanya registered a team-leading two blocked shots.
SFCC will be back on the road for another big region contest when the Roadrunners take on the Three Rivers Community College Raiders at 7 p.m. Feb. 1.
SFCC Athletics Department