TYLER – The Angelina College Roadrunners' trip to the Region XIV tournament was a short and not-so-sweet one, with Lee College ending AC's season with an 84-58 win Thursday at the University of Texas-Tyler's Herrington Patriot Center.
The Rebels held the Roadrunners' leading scorer, Takoby Jackson, scoreless in the first half, and Trent Brantley – who usually picks up the scoring slack when teams key on Jackson – picked up his fourth foul minutes before the half-time break. Worse for the Roadrunners were the 19 turnovers leading to 17 Rebel points over the two halves.
Antonio Holmes led the ‘Runners with 18 points and nine rebounds. Jackson, ending his brilliant career as a Roadrunner, came back in the second half to finish with 14 after getting blanked in the first; and Brantley finished with seven points in just 20 minutes of playing time.
Jekore Tyler led the Rebels with 16 points, followed by Jacob McDonald and Nick James with 15 points each. James hit five of Lee's seven three pointers in the game. Josh Micheaux added 10 points for the Rebels, who will face San Jacinto on Saturday.
The Roadrunners could never get in synch offensively, obvious in the first four minutes in which AC committed six turnovers while accumulating just four points – all those on free throws. Despite those struggles, the ‘Runners were able to keep the game tight, taking a 22-21 lead on a pair of Brantley free throws with 9:05 to play in the first half.
But Lee reeled off a 15-3 run and got a McDonald three-pointer at the buzzer to take a 14-point lead into the half; and things didn't get any better in the second half for AC, which got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
The Roadrunners finish the season at 16-15.