GODFREY — Doug Stotler scratched his head and lifted a blank stare skyward following Lewis and Clark Community College’s 71-67 victory over St. Louis Community College Saturday.
“Honestly, I wish I could tell you how we won this game,” Stotler said. “I don’t know how we pulled it off."
“I guess we just started strong enough and had a big enough lead to hold on, because that’s what we did.”
The Trailblazers(5-8) indeed jumped on the Archers early. L&C did everything right inside the first 15 minutes of the game and held a 20-point lead at one point.
“We played a good first 15 minutes and the rest of the game, we didn’t play well at all,” Stotler said. “But I guess the positive to get from this is that we didn’t give in, we didn’t cave. And we got some key free throws in the last minute to secure the win.”
L&C’s Jaquan Adams and Dawson Berry each made a pair of free throws in the closing seconds.
The Archers (6-7) rallied from that early deficit and came on strong late to tie the score 67-67 with 1:10 remaining on a free throw by Dominique Loyd.
STLCC trailed 40-30 at halftime, but whittled away at the L&C lead through the second half.
“Early in the game we made shots, we made plays, we played good defense and we passed the ball very well,” Stotler said. “When we look at the film, we can point to those first 15 minutes as how we want to play.
“We’ll show the rest of the game as how we do not want to play.”
L&C will get back to District 24 action Thursday when it travels to Harrisburg for a 7:30 p.m. game at Southeastern Illinois CC. Next Saturday, No. 2-ranked Vincennes University will visit the River Bend Arena for 3 p.m. tipoff.
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