McLennan Pulls Away from Roadrunners Late Scoring Run Keeps Highlanders Undefeated

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Angelina College’s Yosani Clay (3) drives past McLennan College’s Xaiver Armstead during Wednesday’s game. The undefeated Highlanders held off the Roadrunners 92-78 at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

For most of Wednesday’s 40-minute contest between Angelina College and McLennan College, AC’s Roadrunners were able to keep pace with the undefeated Highlanders, never allowing McLennan to build a big lead.

Over the game’s final seven minutes, however, the Highlanders showed why they’re perennials in the national rankings every season.

McLennan put together a 14-5 run late in the game to hold off the ‘Runners 92-78 at Shands Gymnasium, keeping the Highlanders spotless on the season at 4-0 while handing AC its third straight loss.

AC’s Kevin Norman led his team with 24 points, connecting for four of his seven three-point attempts. Deedy Gauno added 21 points and Draylon Brown 11 points in the loss.

The Highlanders’ Xaiver Armstead led all scorers with 28 points. Teammates Mike Adewunmi and Dayante McClellan finished with 15 points each.

The Roadrunners trailed 70-67 following a pair of Walter Prevost free throws with 8:49 to play, but McLennan’s Javen Hedgeman, Jordan Skipper-Brown and Devyn Brewton teamed up to score MCC’s next 12 points to build a lead too large for AC to overcome.

The Roadrunners (1-3) will travel to Arkansas Baptist College on Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.

AC then will host Arkansas Baptist at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Shands Gymnasium.

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

Angelina College’s Hunter Janacek (15) releases a three-pointer in front of the AC bench during Wednesday’s game. The undefeated Highlanders held off the Roadrunners 92-78 at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

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Gary Stallard
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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