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.
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