AC Lights Up Final Pre-Season Game

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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.
Angelina College’s Trent Brinkley puts up a short hook shot against Pro-Vision Academy during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners raced to a 109-97 win in the team’s final pre-season game before opening the regular season on Saturday. (Photo by: AC News Service)
Angelina College’s Trent Brinkley puts up a short hook shot against Pro-Vision Academy during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners raced to a 109-97 win in the team’s final pre-season game before opening the regular season on Saturday. (Photo by: AC News Service)

For a scrimmage, Wednesday night’s contest between the Angelina College Roadrunners and Pro-Vision Academy provided plenty of entertainment, from AC’s Victor Bell slamming home an alley-oop on the game’s first possession to the final buzzer.

The Roadrunners used their last dress rehearsal before the regular-season opener on Saturday by running away with a 109-97 win at Shands Gymnasium.

The ‘Runners, facing stiff competition from the Academy, got 22 points from Kahari Beaufort, who nailed six three pointers as part of his totals; 19 points from Trent Brinkley; 17 points from Shane Temara; and 15 points from Corinthian Ramsey, who scored 14 of those in the first half behind an 8-of-11 effort from the free-throw line.

A big thorn in the ‘Runners defensive side was the Academy’s Jordan Lewis, who hit seven three pointers on his way to a game-high 32 points.

Teammate Devonte Bandoo added 22 and Shaq Gainey 12 for Pro-Vision.

Angelina College’s Shane Temara puts back a miss against Pro-Vision Academy Academy during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners raced to a 109-97 win in the team’s final pre-season game before opening the regular season on Saturday. (Photo by: AC News Service)
Angelina College’s Shane Temara puts back a miss against Pro-Vision Academy Academy during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners raced to a 109-97 win in the team’s final pre-season game before opening the regular season on Saturday. (Photo by: AC News Service)

AC built a 12-point lead by the seven-minute mark of the first half, but a cold-shooting stretch in the half’s final three minutes left the Roadrunners trailing 55-11 at the half.

With head coach Todd Neighbors employing a constant rotation of fresh legs, AC bounced back to regain the lead on a 13-3 run five minutes into the second half.

Pro-Vision’s final lead of the game, 86-85, came on another Lewis trey, but the Roadrunners regrouped behind Brinkley to close out the contest.

The Roadrunners open the regular season with a pair of weekend road games at the East-West Challenge on the Collin County campus in Plano.

The ‘Runners take on Western Texas at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Midland at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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

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