Roadrunners Bow out in Quarterfinals Against San Jac Ravens Spoil Late AC Rally

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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.

Momentum changed jerseys twice in the final 10 minutes, with the last switch leaving the Angelina College Roadrunners shocked – and eliminated.

After clawing their way back from an 11-point deficit and taking the lead with a late, 15-4 run, the Roadrunners watched in disbelief as San Jacinto’s Donovan Greer hit a three-pointer with 1:02 to play for a 74-73 Raven lead. Greer and Corey Davis then would hit four free throws in the remaining few seconds to lift San Jacinto to a 78-75 win in Thursday’s Region XIV Conference Tournament quarterfinals, knocking the ‘Runners out of the post-season.

The game seemed to work against the Roadrunners from early on, with leading scorer Corinthian Ramsey battling foul trouble all game long – he’d foul out with six full minutes to play – and Kahari Beaufort hobbling on a sore knee. Ramsey and Beaufort averaged nearly 40 points between them throughout the season; on Thursday, they combined for just 15.

Still, AC put a scare into the higher-seeded Ravens. Trent Brinkley finished with 21 points, and Gary Blackston added 12 points and seven rebounds. Quinton Bush came off the bench to tally 11 points and seven boards; and Deion Fields added several key plays down the stretch.

Shane Temara, fighting against the Ravens’ longer front line, nevertheless yanked down 11 rebounds to go with his five points.

Greer hit four three pointers to lead San Jacinto with 19 points. Josh Huntley added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The Ravens will face No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley at 1 p.m. in Friday’s semifinals.

Thursday’s game marked the final appearance for Roadrunner sophomores Beaufort, Temara and Fields.

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Angelina College’s Gary Blackston (21) glides toward the rim during Thursday’s Region XIV quarterfinal game against San Jacinto. The Roadrunners bowed out of the tournament in 78-75 loss to the Ravens. (AC Press photo by DeShun Pham-Adams)

 

Kahari Beaufort:

Kahari Beaufort (22) of Angelina College attempts to shoot over San Jacinto’s Candido Sa (3) during Thursday’s Region XIV quarterfinal game against San Jacinto. The Roadrunners bowed out of the tournament in 78-75 loss to the Ravens. (AC Press photo by DeShun Pham-Adams

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