The 19th-seeded Roadrunners (26-7) saw one of the best seasons in program history come to an end March 19 when they fell 91-83 to the No. 3 seed Chipola College Indians from Marianna, Fla., in the second round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Division I National Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.
The game featured six ties and three lead changes. The score was tied at 41 at halftime. Chipola outscored SFCC 50-42 in the second half to secure the victory.
“I’m very pleased with our guys this season,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “They have done some special things here. They should definitely keep their heads up. This team has helped jumpstart this program, as far as getting to nationals and winning a game. Hopefully we can build on this and keep it going.”
Sophomore guard Kevin Punter led three Roadrunners in double-figure scoring in his final game at SFCC, scoring 24 points and pulling down five rebounds. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson just missed recording a double double in his final game as a Roadrunner with 23 points, a team-high nine assists and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore wing Kedar Edwards contributed 16 points in his final game in a Roadrunner uniform.
Thomas was pleased with the efforts of his sophomores throughout their careers.
“They have had some great careers,” said Thomas. “Kevin Punter and Joe Thomasson are arguably two of the best players to ever put on a uniform at SFCC. Transfer Kedar Edwards also is one of the best players to come through here. The contributions of DeRon Hill, Marcus Mondaine and Ben Denbow may not always have shown up in the stats, but they have done some great things as well and we’re very happy they decided to come to SFCC. We will definitely miss them next year.”
SFCC Athletics Department