Photo Credit: Gary Stallard

After suffering through some rough shooting in the first half – due in part to a tenacious Seahawk defense – Angelina College’s Roadrunners found a solution: Get closer to the rim.

AC turned a two-point half-time deficit into a runaway win over the final 20 minutes, handing Lamar State College-Port Arthur an 81-66 loss Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.

The win extended AC’s streak to 10 straight games.

The ‘Runners shot just 36 percent from the field in the first half. Fortunately, the team’s defense didn’t allow the Seahawks room to fare any better. Lamar State also shot 36 percent from the floor but led 31-29 at the break.

In the second half, the Roadrunners began attacking the rim more. Travis Henson and Cameron Hart posted several highlight-reel dunks, and AC took control of the boards, finishing with a 49-27 edge in rebounding.

Henson finished with 17 points to lead AC. Hart notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Gwarren Douglass added 15 points and Ovidio Perez scored 11 points while collecting 11 boards.

Devaughn Thomas led the Seahawks with 17 points, followed by Jamyus Jones and Darrel Jones with 16 points each.

In addition to extending the team’s winning streak, the Roadrunners (18-8, 13-2) clinched first place in the Region XIV South Zone with four games remaining in the regular season.

AC will travel to Baytown on Wednesday to face Lee College. Game time is 7 p.m.

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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.