Roadrunners Battle Past Navarro Henson Ignites Second-Half Flurry

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Angelina College’s Mario Goggins scoops a layup under Navarro’s Dondre Griffin during Friday’s game. The Roadrunners battled their way to a 74-65 win at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

In a rough, physical defensive battle, the Angelina College Roadrunners and Navarro Bulldogs scrapped their way through the first 20 minutes of Friday’s contest with neither team allowing an uncontested shot. The result was a low-scoring half, with the Bulldogs taking a 27-24 lead into the intermission.

The Roadrunners found a way through the Bulldog defense in the second half, however, and battled their way to a 74-65 win at Shands Gymnasium.

Travis Henson’s back-to-back three pointers with nine minutes to play helped pad a Roadrunner lead to double digits for the first time in the game, and AC maintained good shot selection down the stretch to stop the Bulldogs’ winning streak at three games.

Bryan Mitchell led the ‘Runners with 15 points. Mario Goggins and Gilbert Thomas added 12 points each, Nylek Cobb finished with 11 and Henson contributed eight points.

The Roadrunners also finished with a huge rebounding edge, getting 54 boards to Navarro’s 30. AC’s bench outscored the Bulldog subs 36-6.

Odessey Keeling led Navarro with 35 points. Teammate Trey Pulliam finished with 13.

The Roadrunners move to 10-5, 2-2 with the win. AC will travel to Panola College on Monday for a 7 p.m. start.

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

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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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