Roadrunners’ Season Ends with Tournament Loss

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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.

Bossier Parish Overtakes AC in Second-Half Run

The pre-season prognostications didn’t show a lot of hope for the Angelina College men’s basketball team heading into the 2021-2022 season. A brand-new head coach with no collegiate coaching experience, added to a year away from game competition because of the pandemic, were reasons the Roadrunners weren’t expected to do much at all.

AC surprised plenty by qualifying for the conference tournament, and the team nearly pulled off an even bigger shock in Tuesday’s opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Jacksonville.

Instead, the ‘Runners ended their season in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday, falling 66-59 to the Bossier Parish Community College Cavaliers – a team that beat AC by 20 points in December.

AC had fought its way to a five-point lead midway through the second half, only to see the Cavaliers put together a 13-1 run for BPCC’s final lead of the game. The Roadrunners hit some big buckets in the final minute, but the Cavaliers made enough of their free throws to hold off the charge and oust AC from the tournament.

Quandre Bullock led the Roadrunners with 19 points and nine rebounds. Caleb Johnson finished with 12 points and Errol White grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his six points.

The Cavaliers’ Jaeden Marshall led his team with 17 points.

The Roadrunners, under first-year head coach J.J. Montgomery, finish the season with a 13-16.

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

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