Roadrunner Basketball Hosting Lee College on Saturday AC Still in Second Place in South Zone

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Wednesday night’s loss at Lamar State-Port Arthur was doubly tough for the Angelina College Roadrunners.

Not only did AC see the Seahawks overcome a 19-point second-half lead to win 77-75 in Port Arthur, but the Roadrunners missed out on a golden opportunity to grab a share of first place in Region XIV’s South Zone when zone leader San Jacinto also lost.

AC head coach Todd Neighbors said he had a premonition of sorts that his team wasn’t quite sure how to handle such a big lead on Wednesday.

“I had a bad feeling coming out of the half-time locker room,” Neighbors said. “The guys were just a little too confident, and we went too long trying to rest on the lead instead of doing what we’d done to get there.

“They’re young, and they have to learn there is no safe lead in our league.”

The ‘Runners will attempt to get back on the winning track Saturday against Lee College. AC (15-8, 8-5) still holds the second-place spot in the zone, but the Rebels (15-9, 7-6) are breathing down their necks and just a game behind. The Roadrunners took the first meeting between the two in thrilling fashion, winning 83-82 when the Rebels suffered a late-game collapse of their own.

Game time Saturday at Shands Gymnasium is 6 p.m. Live streaming will be available on roadrunnerslive.com.

Angelina College’s Shane Temara slams one home in a recent game against Blinn College. The Roadrunners host Lee College at 6 p.m. Saturday at Shands Gymnasium. Live streaming is available at roadrunnerslive.com. (AC Press photo by DeShun Pham-Adams)

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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