The Roadrunners won their ninth game in a row Feb. 11 and held on to their top spot in Region 16 when they defeated the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies 91-76 in West Plains.
SFCC (19-6, 6-0 in Region 16) went on a run at the end the first half, capped by a jump shot from freshman guard DeAngelo Stephens-Bell, to take a 47-44 lead into halftime.
“We were able to get a few defensive stops late in the half,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “West Plains shot the ball really well, shooting 66 percent from the field in the first half. Our guys weathered the storm, and then came out in the second half and got some more defensive stops. Our zone bothered them.”
West Plains fought back to tie the game at 51 early in the second half. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson knocked down a jumper to give SFCC a 53-51 advantage. The Grizzlies tied the game at 53 with just over 17 minutes remaining. SFCC took the lead for good at 57-55. The Roadrunners led by 18 at one point in the second half and went on to claim a 91-76 victory.
Sophomore guard Kevin Punter led four Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 30 points. Freshman wing Kedar Edwards contributed 27 points, a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Thomasson pitched in with 13 points and dished out a team-high seven assists. Freshman guard Dondre Alexander added 11 points, with three of six from beyond the three-point arc. He also registered a team-high four steals.
“A lot of guys came in and gave us good minutes,” said Thomas. “DeAngelo Stephens-Bell only scored four points, but he gave us some really good minutes. Ben Denbow came in and played well in a critical period of the game. Kevin and Kedar were both efficient. Joe had seven assists. Dondre made some threes for us. It was a well-balanced attack.”
The Roadrunners will hit the road again Feb. 15 when they take on the Moberly Area Community College Greyhounds. The Greyhounds (5-1 in Region 16) are in second place in the region, having lost only to SFCC in Sedalia. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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