Jan. 30, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley at Kansas City
The Roadrunners defeated the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Scouts in a game that featured scoring runs by both teams.
Freshman guard Tyreek Scott-Grayson made a pair of clutch free throws to break a 78-78 tie. The Scouts had an opportunity to take the final shot but missed just as time expired. SFCC emerged with a hard-earned 80-78 victory
Penn Valley scored the first seven points of the contest and took a 44-35 lead into halftime. SFCC got the offense going late, courtesy of a three-point shot from freshman guard Dominic Fragolawho gave the Roadrunners a two-point advantage. Sophomore guard Andre (A.J.) Walker splashed home a three-point shot. With less than five minutes left in the game, sophomore guard Derrick Brock, Jr. got a shooters bounce on another three-point shot to give the team a 72-64 lead.
"We didn't turn the ball over as much," said Brown. "Penn Valley went to a zone defense, and Dominic was able to come in and hit some big shots for us. Derrick Brock also hit some big shots. It was a team effort. We were also able to get some big stops on the defensive end of the floor."
Freshman guard/forward Caleb Coleman led the Roadrunners in scoring with 16 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with eight with guard/forward LePear Toles. Fragola contributed 13 points, hitting three three-point shots. Walker and freshman guard Dru Smith pitched in 11 points each. Brock added 10. Toles dished out a team-high four assists. Coleman, Brock and freshman guard Tyreek Scott-Grayson registered two blocked shots each. Freshman guard Tim Leavell and Brock tied for the team lead in steals with two each.
"I am proud of our guys," said Head Coach Matt Brown. "We were down by 13 points but found a way to get back into the game."
Feb. 3, Three Rivers Community College at Poplar Bluff
The Roadrunners (17-6, 2-3 in Region 16, 4-3 in the MCCAC) fell 88-73 to Three Rivers Community College Raiders. The game featured two lead changes and one tie.
Three Rivers jumped out to an early 10-5 lead and led 44-27 at halftime. SFCC was out rebounded 45-38.
"Three Rivers played well," said Brown. "We did not shoot well from the free-throw line or the field. This late in the season, we have to make our free throws and our layups if we want to win on the road. I hope that we can learn from this and get ready for Saturday. We only have five games left in the season."
Leavell led five Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 14 points and tied with Walker and Brock for the team lead in assists with three each. Toles and Scott-Grayson contributed 12 points each. Toles led the team in steals with three. Coleman added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Smith pitched in 10 points.
SFCC travels to Council Bluffs, Iowa, Feb. 10 to take on the Iowa Western Community College Reivers. Tipoff is 7 p.m.