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Roadrunners Looking to Bounce Back after Loss in Conference Opener

On Saturday, Panola College faces LSC-Tomball at 2 p.m., and the Roadrunners will take on Cedar Valley at 4 p.m.

The ‘Runners (5-3, 0-1) will use the weekend’s games to regroup following the team’s conference-opening, 100-82 loss at Trinity Valley this past Saturday. AC led early in the game, but the combination of a hostile environment and the Roadrunners’ youth led to struggles in the second half. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the high-flying AC squad averaging more than 90 points per game.

“We got up 11-0 to start the game, and (the Cardinals) didn’t take the lead until just before the end of the half,” head coach Todd Neighbors said. “The crowd was super-intense, and we just came out flat in the second half. We’re just so young, and we didn’t handle the adversity as well as I’d hoped, even though we kept the game close until the end. Losses early in conference can either help you learn or hurt you down the stretch.

“Our guys have to learn no lead is safe, whether we’re down 20 or up 20.”

Following the weekend’s tournament, the Roadrunners resume conference play with a road trip to Paris on Wednesday.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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