Runners Edge Blinn In Thriller

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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.

Ramsey, Beaufort Combine for 59 Points

 Victor Bell (14) of Angelina College battles Blinn’s Jaequan Brown during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners won an 89-86 thriller over the Bucs to remain in second place in the conference’s South Zone. (AC Press photo by Caitlyn Lambert)
Victor Bell (14) of Angelina College battles Blinn’s Jaequan Brown during Wednesday’s game at Shands Gymnasium. The Roadrunners won an 89-86 thriller over the Bucs to remain in second place in the conference’s South Zone. (AC Press photo by Caitlyn Lambert)

The Angelina College Roadrunners still have not lost consecutive games since the opening weekend of the season.

Blinn College did their best to end that streak on Wednesday night.

AC’s Corinthian Ramsey (31 points) and Kahari Beaufort (28) combined for 59 points to lead the ‘Runners past the Bucs in an 89-86 thriller at Shands Gymnasium.

A game featuring nine ties and seven lead changes came down to a

couple of plays in the final minute, with the Bucs missing out on a chance to send the game to a possible overtime. After Roadrunner Gary Blackston hit the first of two free throws with eight seconds to play to give AC the three-point lead, Blackston’s second attempt rimmed out. Blinn’s James Harrison snatched the rebound and fed the ball to the conference’s leading scorer, Buc Morris Dunnigan, who drove the lane for a layup attempt while trying to draw a foul. Dunnigan’s shot rolled off at the buzzer, allowing the ‘Runners to escape with the win.

AC trailed by 10 points to open the second half and spent most of the next 13 minutes trying to get over the hump after closing the gap to four points or less late in the game. Not until Beaufort scored on a putback with 7:36 to play would the ‘Runners regain the lead; they’d need a Ramsey layup with just over four minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Beaufort added four free throws in the final minute to keep AC’s lead safe.

Shane Temara was the only other Roadrunner to score in double figures, claiming another double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Dunnigan led the Bucs with 21 points; Jaequan Brown added 16 in defeat.

The Roadrunners (15-7, 8-4) maintained their position in the standings, holding onto to second place in the South Zone. AC has Saturday off with a bye before a road trip on Wednesday at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. That game tips off at 7 p.m.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu

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