Scoring was plentiful, but the defensive effort on display by the Angelina College Roadrunners on Tuesday night was the part of the game drawing the most praise from head coach Todd Neighbors.
Five Roadrunners scored in double figures, and AC finished with a 56-24 rebounding edge as Angelina College knocked off the SFA Club team 79-41 Tuesday night at Shands Gymnasium.
Ja'Darius Davis led the way with a monster night, tallying 16 points and grabbing 15 boards in just 29 minutes of action. Ron Steward, John Morgan and Trent Brantley each scored 12 points, and DeCarlos Frank finished with 10 points.
Taylor Brimmer led the SFA team with 13 points. William Johnson added eight and Rodney Harrison six.
The point totals were nice, but Neighbors said the team's focus for the night's game was mostly on the defensive end; that proved a point well taken by the Roadrunners, who allowed an SFA Club bucket 90 seconds into the game – but not another for a full 11 minutes. For the game, AC held the SFA team to barely over 20 percent shooting from the field while forcing 14 turnovers.
"Yesterday at practice, we did an hour and a half on defensive breakdowns, working on different areas just because in our last couple of games we didn't have the focus we needed on that end of the floor," Neighbors said. "Tonight the guys came out with that focus, getting a lot of deflections, forcing turnovers and getting stops.
"We watched the Midland game film (an 81-50 Roadrunner loss), and we saw the number of defensive breakdowns, and the guys seemed to take it to heart. Tonight they were doing what they were supposed to be doing defensively on every possession."
AC will get an opportunity to put Tuesday's lessons to work Thursday night against a tough McLennan College team in another home game for the Roadrunners.
"The McLennan game on Thursday will be a tough one, and tonight was a good test to see if we're ready to play both ends of the floor," Neighbors said.