Roadrunners Fall to McLennan College in Season Opener Highlanders Rally Late for Win

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For his team’s 2019-2020 debut, Angelina College head coach Nick Wade made sure his Roadrunners were going to jump straight into the fire.

AC’s season opener came against a very good McLennan College team, and the ‘Runners held up well for 34 of the game’s 40 minutes. But the Highlanders put together a run starting with just under six minutes to play, eventually pulling away to win 70-64 Tuesday at Shands Gymnasium.

The ‘Runners led 57-54 with 6:32 to play in the contest when the Highlanders’ Akili Vining hit a three-pointer for the 57-57 tie. McLennan then put together a quick 7-0 run and held on late to drop AC to 0-1 to start the season.

AC’s Gwarren Douglas scored 15 of his team-high 23 points in the first half. Christyon Eugene added nine points and Travis Henson seven in the loss.

Lorenzo Anderson led McLennan with 23 points. Vining finished with 15 for the 2-1 Highlanders.

The Roadrunners play in Plano on Friday and Saturday against Collin County and Odessa College before returning home on Tuesday, Nov. 12 against Lone Star College – Kingwood. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m.

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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