Roadrunners Hold Off Panola: Hot Start Lifts AC to Conference Win

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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.

The Angelina College Roadrunners hadn’t played an actual basketball game in more than a month when they took the floor on Monday night.

One couldn’t tell, considering AC’s torrid shooting effort early.

The ‘Runners hit their first nine shots of the game, finished with 11three pointers and held off a late Panola College charge to earn a 79-75 win at Shands Gymnasium.

It’s AC’s first conference win of the season.

Quandre Bullock led all scorers with 27 points; Bullock has hit double figures in scoring in every game this season. Caleb Johnson added 15 points, and Errol White added another 10 despite battling foul trouble all night. AC’s bench produced as well, with Edoardo Buffo coming out of his seat for 10 points – including three pointers on consecutive possessions early in the second half – and Najee Williams adding nine points.

Panola’s Rodney Johnson, Jr. led the Ponies with 18 points; Bennie Amos III added 17.

AC was cruising with a 21-point lead late in the game before Panola (13-5, 4-3) put together a frantic 23-7 run, cutting the Roadrunner lead to 76-74 with just 2:19 remaining in the game. After a timeout, AC made a pair of big defensive stands, culminating in a Bullock bucket and a late free throw to close out the game.

The Roadrunners (5-8, 1-3) will host Coastal Bend Community College at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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