AC Basketball Teams Split Games On Opening Weekend

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Angelina College’s basketball teams both opened the regular season on the road this past weekend, with the Lady Roadrunners competing in the McLennan Classic in Waco on Friday and Saturday and the Roadrunners battling in the East-West Challenge in Plano.

By Sunday night, both AC teams had earned splits in their first two games.

Following Friday’s disappointing 71-65 loss to Temple, the Lady Roadrunners rebounded for a 62-54 win over McLennan College on Saturday. The Lady ‘Runners combined for 12 three pointers, including four each from freshman Mikayla Crockett and sophomore Briana Caro. Crockett would finish with a team-high 14 points, Caro added 12 and La’Neique Nealey 10 in the win.

Also on Saturday, the Roadrunner men opened the season with a convincing 79-57 win over Western Texas. The ‘Runners, according to head coach Todd Neighbors, played “relentless defense” in holding Western Texas to just 22 points in the first half. Neighbors said his team generated numerous deflections and steals leading to transition buckets for the AC offense.

Freshman Corinthian Ramsey knocked down 31 points in his AC debut. Shane Temara added eight points but his biggest contributions came on the defensive end and on the boards, where Temara added 12 rebounds and four blocks for AC.

The Roadrunners capped the Plano road trip on Sunday against Midland College, eventually falling 90-85 to a tough Chaparral team.

The Lady ‘Runners (1-1) on Tuesday travel to Shreveport to take on Southern University-Shreveport at 5 p.m. Later in the week, AC’s ladies will open the Angelina Classic at home, with games scheduled for Friday (vs. Seminole State at 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (vs. McLennan College at 3 p.m.).

The Roadrunners, also 1-1, are at McLennan College in Waco on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m. The ‘Runners will be at home at 5 p.m. on Saturday against Greater Houston Prep.

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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