Angelina College Basketball
Photo Credit- Gary Stallard

The ‘Runners went up against Blinn’s massive front line – featuring a 7’0” player and a pair of 6’10” teammates – and battled their way to a 79-74 win Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.

Earlier this week, AC head coach Nick Wade stressed the importance of his players’ fighting for every rebound despite the height disadvantage. His players responded, getting 12 second-chance points off offensive rebounds to none for the Bucs.

Travis Henson led the ‘Runners with 25 points, hitting four of his six three-point attempts. Kyron Gibson added 12 points and six assists.

Tristan Ikpe led the Bucs with 23 points.

The Roadrunners trailed 65-63 with 8:22 to play when Henson hit his final three pointer of the game. Moments later, Braxton Foreman added a trey, Gwarren Douglas rammed home a dunk and Darius Smith scored on a putback to push the AC lead to five points at 73-68. Smith and Gibson added clutch buckets in the final three minutes, and Henson sealed the win with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.

In the early game, the Lady Roadrunners suffered yet another heartbreak, falling to Kilgore College by a 71-70 final. The loss marked the third Lady ‘Runner loss by two or fewer points in the past five games and handed AC’s ladies their third straight defeat.

Lovietta Walker led the Lady Roadrunners with 21 points. Tai Porchia added 14, Tyeisha Smith 13 and Britney Thompson 10 in the loss.

Kilgore’s Jada Hood led the Lady Rangers with 25 points. Sarah Matthews finished with 14 points.

The Lady Roadrunners (12-9, 4-6) will host No. 2 Trinity Valley Community College at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium. That game will be live streamed at angelinaathletics.com.

The Roadrunners (15-8, 10-2) will travel to Beeville to face Coastal Bend Community College in a game tipping off at 7:30 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.